Health Habits of the Living Presidents

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The five living presidents, who gathered today for the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University, have managed to stay pretty healthy despite enduring some serious stress in the White House.

Here, a look at how diet and lifestyle could be sustaining our past and present leaders.

Health Habits of the Living Presidents

PHOTO: U.S. President Barack Obama plays basketball with children during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House tennis court April 1, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Barack Obama

He's gone a bit grey since his first inauguration in 2008, but Barack Obama is still in good shape. Earlier this month, the 51-year-old president shot hoops with the Washington Wizards at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll (sinking just two of 22 shots, but still). He also loves to golf. And while he's been open about his struggle to quit smoking, Obama said in 2009 he was "95 percent cured."

Health Habits of the Living Presidents

PHOTO: President Bush vacations on his ranch on August 24, 2007 in Crawford, Texas.
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George W. Bush

The 43rd president, George W. Bush, loves to ride his mountain bike. Today, his wife, Laura, said he recently helped push a wounded veteran up a hill during a bike race. And when he's not cycling, the 66-year-old Texan works hard to clear the network of bike trails through his ranch.

Health Habits of the Living Presidents

PHOTO: US President Bill Clinton along with daughter Chelsea Clinton jog along West Tisbury Road in Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard in this August 19, 1997 file photo.
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Bill Clinton

The 42nd president was known for his morning jog around the South Lawn. But it was emergency heart surgery in 2004 that convinced Bill Clinton to make big changes. In 2011, the 66-year-old adopted a vegan diet free of meat, eggs and dairy, which he credits for his 20-pound weight drop.

Health Habits of the Living Presidents

PHOTO: In this photo provided by the U.S. Army Golden Knights, Former President George H.W. Bush is shown during his free fall with U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team member, Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, as he made his entrance to his presidential mu
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George H.W. Bush

After a string of health scares starting late last year, 88-year-old George H.W. Bush appeared at today's ceremony in a wheelchair because of a form of Parkinson's disease. But the 41st president has been very active throughout his life. In 2009, the avid golfer jumped out of a plane for his 85th birthday.

Health Habits of the Living Presidents

PHOTO: Former US president Jimmy Carter helps build a house as he visits the construction site of houses being built by Carter's Habitat for Humanity foundation for victims of the January 2010 earthquake in Leogane, 33km south of Port-au-Prince, on Novemb
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Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, 88, has been working with Habitat for Humanity since 1984, helping to build homes in countries around the world and needy neighborhoods across the U.S. In 2012, the 39th president was pictured wearing a red bandana around his neck and a tool belt around his waist while carrying long planks of wood at a building site in Haiti.

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