When Chicago, a city best known for serving up dishes such as hot dogs, deep-dish pizza and cheesecake, hosts the largest food festival in the nation, you might not expect to find a lot of healthful activities or food choices. But that is exactly what you will see at the 2012 Taste of Chicago, which is being held July 11-15 in Grant Park.
Humana is bringing several activities to the annual event that help Taste-goers keep the focus on their health and well-being while having fun and enjoying great food. Humana worked with physicians with expertise in nutrition and diet to compile the Humana Healthier Choices guide, which features 27 appetizers, main courses and desserts from 15 Chicago restaurants. The Healthier Choices are indicated by a green apple on the menu boards at participating restaurants. Taste-goers can also use the free guide available at www.humana.com/tasteofchicago or www.facebook.com/humana.tasteofchicago.
An example of the tasty, healthier options is the baked crab cake nuggets that chef Dave Samber created for Polo Café (video).
It’s not all about food though. If you go to the festival, look for these other Humana sponsored events that emphasize the great outdoors, fun and fitness:
- Well-being Tour: The tour is traveling across the country to provide a fresh perspective on healthy living. It features an interactive Xbox Kinect station where guests can play the “Your Shape” game, four biometric screenings and an opportunity to receive a free pedometer. It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Congress Parkway each day of the Taste.
- Humana Race to Taste Twilight Run: The 5K run/2-mile walk kicks off at 6:15 Thursday, July 12, at Queens Landing on the lakefront.
- Humana Dining Pavilion: Humana teams up with Shedd Aquarium for a healthful cooking demonstration at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 13, at the main Cooking Corner stage. On Saturday, July 14, Taste-goers are invited to attend the Biondi Boomer Bash, which begins with a live broadcast from WLS-FM at 10 a.m. followed by a sock hop with the legendary Dick Biondi from 4-6:30 p.m. where people can dance to music from the 50’s and 60’s.