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Health Care Reform
April 12, 2010

First Physical

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Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(7):583. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.81

Like most Americans, I was pleased to learn that our commander in chief is in excellent health and that he is exercising regularly, including working out 6 times a week and playing basketball and golf.1 The President has set a great example by responding to his increased cholesterol level by “walking to work.” Active commuting is associated with better fitness and lower body mass index and blood pressure.2 Mr Obama's excellent fitness is reflected in the news accounts of his low resting pulse and low blood pressure. Commendably, the President and First Lady also have made healthy eating a priority and have planted the first White House vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden.

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