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President Bush as leader: Better health a top priority

President Bush came away from his annual physical exam this week singing the same song as nutritionists.

After a four-hour physical, the president said Tuesday that he is "fit for duty." But he isn't happy with the five pounds he gained during the past year.

The 60-year-old president blamed the extra weight on all of the to-dos over his milestone birthday. "Probably ate too many birthday cakes," he quipped.

A study out this week said that many obese Americans think they have healthy eating habits and that they vigorously exercise. But The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about two-thirds of Americans are overweight, or heavier, and nearly one-third qualify as obese.

Mr. Bush is in the most demanding job in the world, but he makes time to exercise regularly. An avid jogger until his aging knees acted up, he now pedals a bicycle.

Unlike most of us, however, he has a staff to make sure he eats right most of the time. Still, it takes discipline and dedication to a healthy lifestyle for anyone, including the president, to be "fit for duty."

Most of the people who marvel at the president's stamina can enjoy a better lifestyle, too, if they eat right and vigorously exercise at least three days a week.

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