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Taste of Chicago 2014: Eating healthy, exercising and giving back at annual food fest


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Some of the 52 healthy foods included in the Humana Healthier Choices list are displayed at the Taste of Chicago.

The annual Taste of Chicago food festival might not seem the ideal venue to put the spotlight on healthy living, but a growing list of healthier dishes and the opportunity to give back to a charity while walking, biking and running during the five-day event has helped make it the perfect destination for anyone who loves food, fun and fitness.

The Humana Healthier Choices program returned to the Taste of Chicago for the seventh consecutive year, with 52 healthy foods from 29 Chicago restaurants – the largest number of menu items in the program’s history – representing 44 percent of all vendors at this year’s festival.

The Humana Healthier Choices, identified by a panel of local physicians, are indicated by a green apple on the menu boards at participating restaurant booths and listed in the Humana Healthier Choices Passport Guide. Free copies of the Passport Guide can be found at the Humana tent, located on Columbus Drive between Jackson Boulevard and the Buckingham Fountain, and can be downloaded for free at the Taste of Chicago website and via A full list of the healthier choice food items, which even includes desserts under 320 calories, can be found by clicking here.

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The green apple on Taste of Chicago menu boards make it easy to find the Humana Healthier Choices items.

The addition this year of the philanthropic exercise app, Charity Miles, has helped make a visit to the annual food fest a guilt-free experience. Taste-goers can download the free app from iTunes or Google Play Store and wander the Taste of Chicago while giving back to their favorite charity. Humana will donate 25 cents for each mile a participate bikes, walks or runs to the national charity of the user’s choice.

Humana’s contribution will be open to anyone who logs into the app in the Chicago metropolitan area until the close of the 2014 Taste of Chicago on Sunday, July 13. Users are also encouraged to share their progress during the festival through social media using #TasteOfChi and #HumanaWalkIt.

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