Conetoe is indeed isolated, but Rev. Joyner determined the only transformation worth having would come from within the community, not from another landowner. Conetoe had once been full of able farmers, Joyner adds, but people had forgotten the ways of his mother, who always grew organic vegetables and knew how to preserve anything, in its original juices, all winter long. As the movement grew, the Conetoe Family Life Center (CFLC) also deployed lay health coaches among the congregation. These coaches are simply responsible for helping a select group of individuals and families learn how to access and cook fresh, whole foods such as sweet potatoes, which thrive in North Carolina soil. Sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins and minerals and even help improve blood sugar regulation.
Watch the interview with Richard Joyner who explains lay health coaches:
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Video: Richard Joyner discusses Conetoe’s pathway to health
Video: Richard Joyner explains lay health coaches
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