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Monday, Monday, Monday. Let's move.

☀️ Today's weather: Sunny and cooler. High around 57.

ğŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Atlanta member Roy Reynolds!

Today's newsletter is 676 words — a 2.5-minute read.

1 big thing: We need to exercise more

Share of population averaging at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week
Data: Brigham and Women's Hospital. Map: Axios Visuals

Do you find yourself sitting at your desk for long periods of time? It could be time for a walk break.

Why it matters: Many adults don't get the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week, but they could hit that number with five 30-minute brisk walks a week, Axios' Carly Mallenbaum reports.

Driving the news: New data from Apple and Brigham Women's Hospital finds that 54% of Georgians who participated in their study were meeting that minimum.

  • That's the same as the national average.

Zoom out: Among study participants, the states with the highest percentage of people getting 150 minutes of weekly aerobic exercise were Massachusetts (67.2%), New York (66%), Connecticut (64.1%), and California (62.3%).

Beyond the physical health benefits, here's another reason to go for a stroll today: to boost your mental health and longevity.

💭 Kristal's thought bubble: Getting a dog has been such a benefit to my physical health. Before I adopted Hannah, I would spend the bulk of my day sitting at my desk after going for a morning run. I'm now averaging between 6,000 and 7,000 steps per day on my walks with her.

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Go deeper: Low-impact exercise routines are taking off in Atlanta

2. Fani Willis won the battle. The war rages on.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis at the county courthouse this month in Atlanta. Photo: Alex Slitz/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis avoided disqualification from Georgia's election interference case against former President Donald Trump, but other threats that jeopardize her role are looming.

Why it matters: Willis is the subject of ongoing investigations from state lawmakers, while a new state commission with extensive powers over prosecutors could also take action against her.

Catch up quick: On Friday, Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee ruled that the case could move forward as long as either Willis or special prosecutor Nathan Wade, with whom Willis is accused of having an improper relationship, stepped down. Wade stepped aside shortly thereafter.

What they're saying: In his ruling, McAfee said his decision should not indicate that the court supports Willis' "tremendous lapse in judgment" or what he called her "unprofessional manner" during tense testimony at an evidentiary hearing last month.

  • "Rather, it is the undersigned's opinion that Georgia law does not permit the finding of an actual conflict for simply making bad choices – even repeatedly," the ruling reads.

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3. Decide Atlanta's best coffee, once and for all

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Coffee. A single sip can catapult you and your day to soaring heights. So who in Atlanta brews the best?

Why it matters: Atlanta has a wealth of great coffee spots, many of which are locally owned. Some even roast their own beans.

Driving the news: We're pitting the best of the best against one another in a bracket-style showdown, and it's up to you to decide who emerges the victor.

Bracket: Axios Visuals

Yes, but: We couldn't include 'em all.

  • We omitted shops that feel as much like a restaurant as a coffee shop, like The Daily (a great thing!).
  • Same goes for coffee shops inside or with a market attached, like Academy in Virginia-Highland.

Click here to vote. We'll close the poll at 4pm today and share the Round 1 winners in tomorrow's newsletter.

The bottom line: Water is for drinking. Coffee is for fighting. Let the games begin.

4. Map du jour: Path of the April 8 eclipse

<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

You may want to plan a road trip to Texas or parts of the Midwest if you want to get the best view of the April 8 eclipse.

The big picture: The total eclipse will be visible in parts of Mexico and 13 U.S. states, according to NASA.

  • A partial eclipse will be visible in the rest of the contiguous U.S.

How it works: Use eclipse glasses or other proper eyewear to view it. A list of reputable manufacturers and authorized vendors can be found here.

5. Five-ish Points: Keep on runnin'

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Metro Atlanta's Asian American communities came together to mark the three-year anniversary of the spa shootings that left eight people dead. (Fox 5)

🥳 Restaurants across metro Atlanta are celebrating Nowruz with special dishes, dinners and festivals. (Eater)

State lawmakers will study ways to reform Georgia's dangerous and understaffed prison system. (AJC)

🏃 AJC Peachtree Road Race organizers have opened registration spots for this year's 10K. (AJC)

😴 Kristal had a much-needed relaxing weekend.

😬 Thomas can drink an iced coffee any time of day or year, thankyouverymuch.

This newsletter was edited by Jen Ashley and copy edited by Patricia Guadalupe and Anjelica Tan.