Nov 12, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 602 points lower today. The S&P 500 fell over 2% and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 2.8%.

1 big thing: Staying fit in 2018
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The federal government has updated its exercise guidelines for the first time in a decade, noting that less than a quarter of Americans meet the existing recommendations.

  • The new guidelines claim any amount of physical activity can have immediate health benefits, "including reduced anxiety and blood pressure, improved quality of sleep, and improved insulin sensitivity."

Driving the news: Kids are encouraged to start active play at 3, while adults are now told that even super-short durations of aerobic exercise are worth your time.

What they're saying:

  • "In the United States, an estimated $117 billion in annual health care costs and about 10% of premature mortality are associated with inadequate physical activity," the guidelines note.
  • "The evidence ... is clear — physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people feel better, function better, sleep better, and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases."

The bottom line: More weights, more sweat, more often. Find ways to integrate activity into your lives, and make sure your kids develop similar habits as soon as you can.

RIP Stan Lee

Stant Lee a the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' in April. Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Stan Lee, 95, a giant in the world of comics and a cultural icon for millions worldwide, is dead.

  • "Lee was a central player in the creation of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and the many other superheroes who, as properties of Marvel Comics, now occupy vast swaths of the pop culture landscape in movies and on television."

NYT obit.

2. What you missed
  1. A Florida judge said there is no evidence of wrongdoing in Broward County, where some Republicans — including Trump and Gov. Rick Scott — have, without evidence, accused Democrats of committing voter fraud. Go deeper.
  2. U.S. soy inventories are expected to double by year's end as American farmers stockpile their harvests in an attempt to wait out Trump's trade war with China. Go deeper.
  3. Uber is outlining a new sexual misconduct "taxonomy" for users of its services: Its 21 categories range from "staring and leering" to "non-consensual sexual penetration." Details.
  4. Expect shrinking GE to shrink even more: CEO Larry Culp, who's been on the job for six weeks, told CNBC today that the company plans to raise cash by selling more assets.
  5. ICE is holding 4,000 more people than Congress has funded, the Daily Beast reports.
3. 1 veterans thing

Dr. Jennifer Primack, a research psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Rhode Island, on Axios' Pro Rata podcast:

"It’s Veteran’s Day, and the mantra of 'Never Forget' has taken on tragic new meaning for those who came home from the battlefield, but then succumbed to mental health issues at home."

Listen here.

Mike Allen