By Emma Dooney
Dr. Jill Biden underwent a medical procedure on Wednesday morning, a White House official has revealed.
The First Lady was accompanied by President Biden to the appointment, which was located in an outpatient center near the George Washington University in Washington DC. The exact nature of the procedure remains unknown, but the treatment was confirmed to be 'common' by her representative.
Jill left the medical center two hours after her arrival to resume her workday. According to White House communications director Elizabeth Alexander, the Professor of English 'tolerated the procedure well.' The First Lady had no public engagements on her calendar for Wednesday, so was likely able to recover from the treatment in privacy.
Jill's conscientious care of her health shouldn't come as a surprise. The 69-year-old academic has long been an advocate of fitness, having taken up running in the early '90s. Despite some initial struggles with the demanding cardio workout, she quickly got the hang of it, completing her first marathon in 1998.
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"It was such a feeling of freedom," she told Runner's World. "It was such a good feeling. I mean, I felt good about myself, and so that's why I continued."
While the First Lady might no longer have time to clock up mammoth mileage, she still manages to lace up her trainers and squeeze her jogs into her jam-packed calendar. "I've been pretty consistent with it. I mean, I've had things in my life happen where I've had to slow down a bit, but I've always gone back to it."
Jill also ensures she follows a nutritious diet that will give her the energy she needs to keep up with her First Lady duties. She has revealed in the past she likes to get in her five-a-day by bulking up meals with vegetables – ideally fresh if she can find them. When she's feeling peckish, she tries to avoid highly processed options and instead snacks on almonds and fruit to keep her hunger pangs at bay.
As well as maximizing her consumption of plant foods, Jill downs plenty of fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated. Unsurprisingly, she doesn't smoke and rarely drinks alcohol, opting for soft beverages when she wants to unwind after a hectic week.
This healthy eating pattern isn't rigid though. Jill knows the importance of moderation and refuses to deprive herself when she's craving something sweet or salty. Her favorite junk food is french fries, which she occasionally enjoyed whilst campaigning with President Biden. She also indulges in ice cream from time to time and is even known to whip up her own version of the frozen dessert during the holiday season.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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