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Eat healthier at the Taste of Chicago? Yes, you can

Humana Healthier Choices list reveals better-for-you options


Wednesday, June 18, 2008 12:12 pm EDT



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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Most people dont attend the Taste of Chicago for healthy food. After all, its a time to try new and sometimes decadent treats from some of the citys best restaurants. But, without taking the taste out of the Taste, it is possible to find healthier choices at what is one of the worlds largest food festivals.

Health benefits company Humana unveiled its list of Humana Healthier Choices for the 2008 Taste of Chicago menu items that can satisfy the taste buds, but leave you feeling a little less guilty.

Humana, working with a list of food items supplied by the Illinois Restaurant Association, asked eateries participating in the Taste to supply nutritional information on those dishes such as calorie count, fat and sugar content, main ingredients and more. Humana then turned to health and wellness expert Dr. Michael Roizen, best-selling co-author of You: Staying Young, syndicated radio host and founder of the realage.com Web site, who along with a registered dietician examined the information and selected the final list of healthier choices.

Those watching their waistline, sticking to a diet or simply trying to eat healthier can find plenty of options at the Taste of Chicago, said Dr. Roizen. Im impressed by the variety of healthier fare available and pleased to be able to offer these recommendations. It shows you dont have to eat foods that age you to enjoy the Taste.

During the Taste, Humana will give away free maps showing the way to healthier choices, and if attendees pledge to try at least one of the items on the list, the company will enter them in a prize drawing to receive a copy of Dr. Roizens latest book, You: Staying Young. Humana Healthier Choices maps are available in English and Spanish at the Humana Senior Dining Pavilion and Humanas booth on Columbus Drive just north of Congress Parkway.

We hope this list encourages people to try a few of these healthier choices, even as theyre enjoying all of the other delicious food at the Taste, said Dr. Philip Painter, regional medical officer for Humana. The truth is that healthier, nutritional food doesnt have to taste bland, and if people experience that at the Taste, they might be inspired to eat healthier in their day-to-day lives.

In addition, Dr. Roizen will make a special appearance at the Taste of Chicago on Tuesday, July 1. At 1:00 p.m., Dr. Roizen will demonstrate healthy cooking techniques at the Dominicks cooking stage, followed by a question and answer and book-signing session at the Humana Senior Dining Pavilion, scheduled from 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Humana Healthier Choices for the 2008 Taste of Chicago:


Chop Grilled Summer Vegetables Salad Grill on the Alley

Gazpacho Grill on the Alley

Fruit Cup Hashbrowns

Chicken Kabob Kasias Deli

Chicken Taco Los Dos Laredos

Cheese Pizza (Taste Portion) Lou Malnatis

Malnati Salad (Taste Portion) Lou Malnatis

Fries in Soy Oil with Spices A Natural Harvest

Roasted Corn with Cajun Soy Butter A Natural Harvest

Tamale with Black Bean Salsa A Natural Harvest

Celtic Corn on the Cob OBriens Restaurant

Editors note: See attached sidebar graphic with list. Headshot of Dr. Roizen also available.

About Dr. Michael Roizen

Humanas Medical Advisor for Consumer Health, Michael Roizen, M.D., is personable, witty, and full of health insights offered through his bestselling books, including You: Staying Young, as well as a radio show, heard in Chicago on WIND-AM, and his Web site, www.realage.com. Hes also chair of The Wellness Institute and Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic, where he practices both internal medicine and anesthesiology. Hes listed along with his physician wife as one of the 1,000 Best Doctors in the United States and, at age 62, is still an active competitor in squash.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 11.4 million medical members, including more than 500,000 in Illinois. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplementary benefit plans for employer groups, government programs, and individuals.

Over its 47-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the companys Web site at http://www.humana.com, including copies of:

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Top Healthier Choices at the 2008 Taste of Chicago


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