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Humana And Taste Of Chicago Restaurants Partner To Offer Most Ever Healthier Choices, Doubling Prior Selection

At the Taste of Chicago, the Humana Healthier Choices program is inspiring chefs to offer healthier dishes at the nation’s largest food festival. This year, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is bringing back the Humana Healthier Choices program with a larger-than-ever selection of healthier foods and wellness activities.

The 2013 program features a new twist – the Humana Healthier Choices Passport Guide, which includes the healthier food listing, wellness activities and options for Taste-goers to collect stamps for a chance to win prizes. The most robust Humana Healthier Choices list ever – 35 foods from 20 Chicago restaurants – includes appetizers, main courses and desserts that meet nutritional criteria for calories, sodium and saturated fat, reviewed by a physician panel.

The Humana Healthier Choices are indicated by a green apple on the menu boards at participating restaurant booths. The Humana Healthier Choices Passport Guide is available for free and can be found at more than 70 Dominick’s locations, Humana’s Well-Being Tour at the Taste and online at the Taste of Chicago website

“Taste of Chicago is a great tradition of enjoying local restaurants, good music and celebrating all things Chicago,” said Tim O’Rourke, president of Humana’s Great Lakes Medicare Region. “Humana is happy to be part of that tradition once again, as it ties in perfectly with our dream of helping people of all ages achieve lifelong well-being, while enjoying all that the Taste has to offer.”

All of the restaurants participating in the 2013 Taste of Chicago were invited to submit menu items for consideration in the Humana Healthier Choices Passport Guide. For an item to be considered, restaurants must submit nutritional details including calories, sodium content, saturated fat and the list of ingredients.

Humana Healthier Choices for the 2013 Taste of Chicago:

Appetizers/Starters – Less than 320 calories, 300 mg sodium and 2 g saturated fat
  • Celtic Corn on the Cob – O'Brien's Restaurant
  • Corn on the Cob – Dominick's Finer Foods
  • Roasted Corn on the Cob – Abbey Pub
  • Sweet Potato Chips – BJ's Market & Bakery
  • Taste Portion of Malnati Salad – Lou Malnati's

Main Dishes – Less than 500 calories, 500 mg sodium and 4 g saturated fat
  • Chopped Salad – Pazzo's
  • Crispy Salmon – BJ's Market & Bakery
  • Fresh Green Papaya Salad – Star of Siam
  • Garlic Chicken Rice Bowl with Fresh Tomato and Jalapeño Salsa – Pecking Order (Pop-Up, July 12th only)
  • Grilled Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Cucumber Salad – Star of Siam
  • Grilled Chicken Taco – Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill
  • Grilled Steak Taco – Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill
  • Hoppin’ John Salad – Wishbone
  • Mustard-Fried Catfish – BJ's Market & Bakery
  • Organic Chick Pea & Herb Salad – Heartland Café (Pop-Up, July 12th only)
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwich– Robinson No.1 Ribs
  • Taste of Ham N' Cheese Crepe – Flip Crepes
  • Watermelon Salad – Inspiration Kitchen (Pop-Up, July 11 th only)

Desserts – Less than 320 calories, 300 mg sodium and 2 g saturated fat
  • Cherries – Dominick's Finer Food
  • Chocolate Covered Banana – Kilwins Chocolates (Pop-Up, July 14th only)
  • Dark Chocolate – Dipped Banana – The Fudge Pot
  • Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry – Kilwin’s Chocolates (Pop-Up, July 14th only)
  • Frutti Di Bosco (mix berry sorbet) – Caffe Gelato
  • Italian Ice – Cherry, Lemon or Orange – Tutto Italiano
  • Italian Ice – Lemon, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry Combo – Franco's Ristorante
  • Italian Ice – Lemon Watermelon – Franco's Ristorante
  • Lemon Sorbet – Caffe Gelato
  • Pineapple Bites – Dominick's Finer Foods
  • Red/Green Grapes – Dominick's Finer Foods
  • Seedless Watermelon – Dominick's Finer Foods
  • Strawberry Crepe – Flip Crepes
  • Strawberry Fruit Bar – Churro Factory
  • Taste of Nutella Crepe – Flip Crepes
  • Watermelon Lemonade – Wishbone

A panel of top Chicago-area physicians with expertise in diet and nutrition collaboratively judged each item to assure that nutritional values were met. The panel included Fredrik Tolin, M.D., vice president for Humana of Illinois; Amy Hess-Fischl, M.S. R.D, advanced practice dietitian and program coordinator at University of Chicago’s Kovler Diabetes Center; Brent Smith, D.O., chief medical officer at Edward Hospital; and Katherine Tynus, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University.

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