Clemson’s mobile clinic, Sullivan Center staff to be part of City of Pickens outdoors day event
What started out as a joke in Clemson University’s Joseph F. Sullivan Center is now reality.
Clemson graduate Logan McFall said he wanted to bring the University’s mobile health clinic to the City of Pickens 4X4 cruise-in after he won the competition last year with his FJ Cruiser and off-road trailer. McFall never thought his suggestion would be taken seriously.
On Sept. 30, the mobile clinic will enter the cruise-in at City of Pickens Second Venture Outdoors Day, and McFall is excited to show off the innovative vehicle to the public.
“I love being involved in hometown events, especially when they involve healthy activities,” said McFall, now a Clemson Cooperative Extension Health Agent at the Sullivan Center. “I also love working with the technology of health care like our mobile clinic.”
After McFall, then an intern with the Sullivan Center, participated in the event last year, Clemson staff and Becky Horace, Pickens City Project Manager and event coordinator, connected to get the university involved.
McFall isn’t the only member of the Sullivan Center staff to make an appearance this year; Sullivan Center employee and recreational therapist Audrey Rivers will lead three workshops during the day.
From workshops to races, Horace said the day is filled with anything you can imagine relating to outdoor activities in Pickens County.
“It gets people off the couch and outside moving,” Horace said. “It just adds one more feature to this area. Maybe people don’t like to walk or bike on a trail, but there’s other stuff you can do.”
The Venture Outdoors Day event was created after Horace started working for the City of Pickens in January 2016, and realized that the $1 million bike park wasn’t being used to its full potential.
“Pickens County Health Coalition did a study and it showed that 65 percent of its population is obese to overweight,” Horace said. “To me that’s a problem. I’m worried about our kids. My goal is to give the community more options to get moving and to market Pickens as an outdoor recreation destination.”
According to Rivers, the Sullivan Center is happy to offer several of those options for the community. Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, she will lead a yoga session, ropes course session and line dance session, which will rotate every 30 minutes. Rivers said she’s excited to share her passion for recreational therapy with the event participants.
“I hope people get a better understanding of what recreational therapy is,” Rivers said, “and it will be a great way to let them know about the services we provide at the Sullivan Center.”
Recreational therapy uses recreation and leisure to improve function and well-being in individuals with and without disabilities. The Sullivan Center helps patients manage illness or disability and improves their independence, productivity and quality of life.
During the day, Danielle McFall, who is also a Clemson Cooperative Health Extension Agent for Greenville County, will be at the clinic talking with people about the importance of hydration.
And, at the end of the day, people can tour the Mobile Clinic and learn more about it during the cruise-in. The mobile health clinic’s purpose is to serve people in Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Anderson County while providing educational experiences to Clemson students.
“I’m really happy about the collaboration and the relationship we are building with Clemson,” Horace said. “I’m an alum as well, so it really means a lot to me.”
Clemson is just one of the organizations that will be presenting workshops during the day. Southern Appalachian Outdoors, Bee Well Honey Bee Supply and REI will also have their own presentations in addition to a mountain bike race and 5K trail run and a half marathon on the Doodle Trail.
Venture Outdoors Day will support two non-profits, one being the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation and the other being Pickens Youth Athletic Corporation, as a thank you to the volunteers from Clemson’s Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and the Pickens youth corporation.
For a full event schedule, visit www.cityofpickens.com/ventureoutdoors.