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1 big thing: Only some of us are getting our exercise

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

At least four in 10 Washington residents aren't getting the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of exercise a week, new data shows β€” yet we're still more active than the U.S. as a whole.

Why it matters: Physical activity improves sleep, lowers anxiety and can reduce the risk of several types of disease, among other benefits, per the CDC.

The latest: New data from Apple and Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital indicates that nearly 60% of Washingtonians aren't logging the 150 weekly minutes of aerobic activity that the CDC recommends.

  • That's true even among Washington residents who track their fitness data with an Apple Watch β€” presumably a particularly health-conscious bunch, Axios' Carly Mallenbaum writes.

Zoom out: Nationwide, the study found that 54% of people got the recommended amount of weekly cardio exercise.

  • Among participants in the study, the states with the highest percentage of people getting 150 minutes of weekly aerobic exercise were Massachusetts (67.2%), New York (66%) and Connecticut (64.1%), followed by California (62.3%).
  • Mississippi (38.5%), Louisiana (41.3%), Oklahoma (41.4%) and West Virginia (41.7%) were the states with the lowest proportion of 150-minute exercisers.

The fine print: You can hit the recommended weekly number with five 30-minute brisk walks a week.

  • The CDC also recommends two additional days of muscle-strengthening activity.

Tell a brisk walker

2. Charted: Seattle area sees modest growth

Change in population, 2020 to 2023
Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Seattle area hasn't been the nation's biggest boomtown these past three years, census data shows. But unlike some high-priced U.S. cities, it hasn't seen its population decline, either.

By the numbers: The population of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area grew an estimated 0.4% between 2020 and 2023, per data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Yes, but: That growth didn't happen in King County, which saw a 0.13% decline from 2020 to 2023.

  • That suggests the area's modest growth has been driven by migration to neighboring Snohomish and Pierce counties.

The big picture: The San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles areas lost population over the three-year period, while several metro areas in Florida β€” as well as Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas β€” saw big gains.

3. Morning Buzz: Mariners' food lineup

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

πŸš— Just two months after a new wage guarantee for app-based delivery drivers took effect, the Seattle City Council could begin discussing a partial rollback as early as this week. (Seattle Times)

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun will leave his position at the end of this year, the company announced this morning, amid lingering fallout from the in-flight door blowout on one of its planes in January. (Axios)

  • Meanwhile, passengers who were on that Alaska Airlines flight received a letter from the FBI's Seattle field office saying the agency is investigating the situation, an attorney for the passengers says. (Axios)

πŸ—³οΈ Washington is sending two "uncommitted" delegates to the Democratic National Convention after nearly 10% of Democratic primary voters statewide voted "uncommitted" t0 protest President Joe Biden's stance on the Israel-Hamas war.

  • The remainder of the state's 92 pledged delegates will be committed to Biden, who won 83% of the statewide Democratic primary vote. (Seattle Times)

⚾️ The Seattle Mariners have announced a new food and beverage lineup for the upcoming season. The Mariners' home opener is March 28. (KING 5)

4. Baby photo to go

Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

Meet Melissa's new bundle of joy, Asa!

  • He was born at 4:07pm Friday at 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and 20 inches long.
  • Mom and baby are doing well.

🏠 Melissa is enjoying her family and will be back with us in a few months.

πŸ‘πŸΌ Clarridge is missing Melissa but looking forward to getting a new team member soon.

This newsletter was edited by Rachel La Corte and copy edited by Egan Millard.