Dr. Theodore L. Watkins, founder of The Eden Institute, is a dynamic lecturer, writer, television personality, radio host and producer. Recognized as an authority and leading advocate of preventive health, he is convinced after treating thousands of patients whose lives have been devastated by the “Diseases of Lifestyle”, that people need to be taught the principles of a “healthy lifestyle” if they are going to increase their longevity and eliminate a number of preventable diseases.
Dr. Watkins is a graduate of Oakwood College and Howard University, College of Medicine. He completed a 5-year residency in Surgery. In 1983, he left surgery and became a proponent and practitioner of Alternative Medicine, emphasizing in his medical practice, the “Whole Person” approach.
Dr. Watkins has served on corporate and medical boards and committees, and is Founder and Director of Walk for Life Project and Founder and Board Chairman of The Eden Experience. He served on the Executive Board of Muscle Inc., the Hadley Hospital Community Advisory Board, and as a Commissioner on the District of Columbia Commission on Food, Nutrition and Health, 1987 to 1994. He was also a member of the District of Columbia Office of Aging Task Force-Health for the 90′s. He is a National Board member of the United Black Fund, an organization that raises and distributes funds to community service agencies that work to improve the lives of their constituents. Dr. Watkins is the founding National President of the Oakwood College Medical Dental Alumni Associate.
Dr. Watkins participated in the White House Conference on “Barriers to Delivering Health Care to the Indigent” in 1986, and the American Enterprise Institute Conference on “Financing of Health Care to the Indigent” in 1987. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise Award in 1984, for work in low income housing in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Watkins’ practice was featured in two articles in The Washington Post—one in 1985 and another in 1987 entitled “Rx: Ounces of Prevention, Pounds of Care.” Washington’s TV Channel 9′s Sunday Edition, documented Dr. Watkins’ work in a program entitled, “Up Out of Chairs.” The Washingtonian Magazine listed Dr. Watkins in their October 1987 issue in the article, “Top 100 Physicians in Metropolitan Washington DC.”
Dr. Watkins has lectured and taught thousands of audiences in the United States and the Caribbean. His current emphasis is on educating individuals on the spiritual and emotional aspects of health as he works with churches and community groups.