White House: Obama in excellent health

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is in excellent health and will stay that way for the rest of his time in office, the White House said Thursday.

The pronouncement came in a two-page memo from Obama’s doctor following the president’s physical exam last month.

It’s the first report on Obama’s health that the White House has released in nearly three years. The information was made public after repeated inquiries by The Associated Press into the lack of transparency about the president’s physical well-being. The White House’s previous update on Obama’s health came in October 2011.

Obama continues to make healthy lifestyle choices, according to the report, by eating a healthy diet, exercising daily and remaining tobacco-free. Obama is a former smoker who is often seen chewing nicotine gum.

He suffers from mild tenderness in the muscle beneath his right foot, which he treats by taking an occasional ibuprofen tablet.

“The president’s overall health is excellent,” Obama’s doctor, Ronny L. Jackson, said in the memo to press secretary Jay Carney. “All clinical data indicates that the president is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.”

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