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TGI Friday!

Today's weather: Cloudy with showers likely. High near 57.

πŸŽ‚ Happy early birthday to our Axios Seattle member Temma Abe!

Today's newsletter is 789 words, a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: Our healthy county

<span style="text-align: center; display: block"> 2024 County Health Factors rankings</span>
Data: County Health Rankings; Note: Factors include prevalence of healthy behaviors, quality of clinical care, socio-economic indicators and physical environment; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

King County has far better health outcomes than most of the nation, according to a new report.

Why it matters: Compared to the national average, King County has a lower rate of premature death and a lower share of adults reporting that they're in poor physical health.

  • That's according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a program of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Zoom in: The report also found that a lower percentage of King County infants had low birth weights versus the U.S. average.

Yes, but: Our mental health is only so-so.

  • King County adults reported that their mental health was not good on 4.9 of the previous 30 days. The national average was 4.8 days.

Between the lines: King County's generally high health outcomes are driven by several factors, including lower-than-average rates of obesity, as well as low rates of teen births and smoking, per the report.

  • Only 23% of King County adults reported being obese in 2021, compared to 29% statewide and 34% nationally.
  • 98% of King County residents report living close to a park or recreation facility, another factor measured in the report.

Zoom out: Among Washington counties, only King ranked among the top counties in the nation when it came to factors influencing overall health.

  • 27 of Washington's 39 counties had better-than-average health indicators compared to the rest of the country, while seven Washington counties ranked just about average.
  • Four counties β€” Adams, Ferry, Grant and Yakima β€” ranked lower than the U.S. average.

The fine print: The health indicators measured in the study included social and economic factors, like high school completion and unemployment rates, as well as things like pollution levels, access to doctors and commute lengths.

What they're saying: Places with strong civic infrastructure, such as broadband internet access and public libraries, "are often healthier," the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program said in a recent news release.

  • "These counties are often located in the Northeast and Western regions of the country and tend to also experience more social and economic opportunities and longer life expectancy," per the news release announcing the findings.

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2. Morning Buzz: Storm mourning

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

The chief financial officer for the Seattle Storm has died following a medical emergency, the team announced yesterday. Tricia McLean was 61. (Associated Press)

πŸ“‚ A new coworking space β€” Portland-based coworking company Centrl Office β€” plans to open in the Kelly-Springfield building this summer, the same spot where WeWork closed last month. (Seattle Times)

πŸš‘ Seattle Veterinary Outreach β€” a group that provides veterinary care for pet owners who are homeless or low-income β€” had to cancel a clinic that was scheduled for today after its ambulance was stolen. (KIRO 7)

3. Things to do in Seattle this weekend

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

It may be a chilly weekend, but that doesn't mean we can't get out and explore the downtown art scene, watch some dirt bike action or catch an Indian comic performing in Hindi.

πŸ–ΌοΈ Enjoy art from a range of galleries and visual artists on the Belltown Art Walk featuring pop-up interactive art studios, live music and an underwater window art installation. Tonight, 5–8pm. Free.

🌈 Join the Rainbow City Concert Band and the Rainbow City Orchestra for a concert exploring the "Spectrum of Identity'' through music. Benaroya Hall, tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $15.

🏍️ The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship brings competitive off-road motorcycle racing to Lumen Field. Tomorrow at 4:30pm. Tickets start at $20.

😻 Felines, music and art fuse during the Pop Cats festival at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall with adoptable cats, workshops, merch, "cattoos" and more. Tomorrow, 11am–5pm; Sunday: 11am–4pm. Free.

πŸ˜‚ Indian comedian Zakir Khan, who rose to prominence when he won Comedy Central's "India's Best Stand Up," is putting on three shows β€” in Hindi β€” at the Moore Theatre on Sunday at 11am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm. Tickets start around $47.

πŸ‘‚ Experience "Sensory Day" at the Museum of Flight in Tukwila, where guests have access to the museum during off-hours and can explore the galleries with adjusted light and sound.

  • Open to all, but especially aimed at families with children, young people and people with disabilities and sensory processing disorders. Sunday, 8–10am.
  • Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

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4. More reader puppy pics to go

Vernetta Titus is ready for a swim (left) while Bailey, a basset hound mix, loves chasing squirrels up trees. Photos: Courtesy of Mike and Steven F., respectively

As promised, here are a few more puppy pics to brighten your day in honor of National Puppy Day tomorrow.

  • We know they lifted our spirits.
Two photos of cute puppies.
Archer Von Tater Tot and Little Mama Gracie. Photos: Courtesy of Kelly L. and Dana G.

And while the day is officially about the younger members of the canine kingdom, we want to give a shout-out to Old Dog Haven, a local nonprofit that finds loving companions and homes for older dogs.

  • The organization pays for all the adoption fees and ongoing medical costs, a big help for seniors and others on fixed incomes who need a dog to love.
two photos of dogs near water.
Jacob is a 7-year-old Lab and a former breeder with Guide Dogs of America, while Ruby loves to swim in Lake Washington. Photos: Courtesy of Fred M. and Ellie B.

🍼 Melissa is headed out on maternity leave, but will be back in a few months! In the meantime, she'll miss notes from all of Axios Seattle's lovely readers. ❀️

πŸ‘† Clarridge is learning to type with the "other" hand after an injury to the dominant one.

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