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RTA makes access to healthcare easier through free screenings at Get Healthy for the Holidays event

For Immediate Release

MEDIA CONTACT:  Jessica Olson (937) 425-8352, Communications Manager

(DAYTON, OHIO) … (DAYTON, OHIO) … The Greater Dayton RTA believes good health is the best gift to be given during the holiday season, and as such the agency is opening up Wright Stop Plaza at 4 S. Main St. to area health care providers offering free health screenings and information as part of RTA’s annual “Get Healthy for the Holidays” event on Dec.20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar screenings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Premier Health will offer these screenings for both the insured and uninsured. In addition, health care providers and partners will also be providing information and assistance on maternal health, infant care, diabetes awareness, tobacco use, and health insurance information. The event is free and open to the public.

Lack of transportation is often a barrier for those seeking health care. According to a study by the National Center for Mobility Management, a survey of the urban population in Dayton indicated that 30-percent of respondents said a lack of transportation prevented them from accessing health care services. By providing this health fair in the center of Dayton’s largest transportation center at Wright Stop Plaza, that barrier is eliminated, said Jessica Olson, Communications Manager for the RTA.

“We want to make it easier for people to get access to health screenings and get information that will allow them to live healthier and happier lives,” Olson said. “Over 30,000 people use our bus services each day, and most of those rides come right through Wright Stop Plaza. Whether you have insurance or not, the RTA wants to work with the community and make sure they have access to these services, and that’s what Get Healthy for the Holidays is all about.”

In addition to the health screenings by Premier Health, other event partners include Kettering Health Network, Five Rivers Health Centers, Planned Parenthood, Help Me Grow!, Primary Health Solutions, and Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County. 

RTA will offer a free “Get Healthy Prize Pack”—a goody bag packed with useful items to event participants who visit as many vendors as possible and complete an event passport. “Get Healthy for the Holidays” participants will be asked to visit with and have their passport stamped by at least six partners/vendors at the event to be eligible for the prize pack.