February 28, 2010 / 5:10 PM / 8 years ago

Obama has first medical checkup of presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama underwent a routine medical checkup on Sunday, his first since taking office more than a year ago.

Arriving back from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Obama was asked by a reporter how the exam had gone. He replied it was “really good” and gave the thumbs up.

The checkup took about an hour and a half and was led by Dr. Jeff Kuhlman, a navy captain and head of the White House medical unit.

The doctor recommended that Obama have his next checkup in August 2011, when he turns 50, according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

While at the medical center, Obama also visited with troops who were wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama’s private physician released a letter saying that he was in “excellent health.”

The president works out daily, including jogging on a treadmill and weightlifting. He tends to favor healthier foods over junk food.

Obama has struggled with a smoking habit. At a news conference last June, when asked if he still smoked, Obama said he was “95 percent cured” but added “there are times when I mess up.”

His family medical history includes his mother’s death from ovarian cancer and a grandfather who died of prostate cancer.

(Additional reporting by Ayesha Rascoe,Writing by Caren Bohan; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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