Health comes in all shapes and sizes, like cameras or sea anemones. It’s in your hands to seize time throughout the day to prioritize your wellness.

Happening in the World: After debating for nearly 70 hours, lawmakers in New South Wales–the Australian state in which the major city, Sydney, resides–voted to pass the bill that decriminalizes abortion. This new policy will allow women to get an abortion up to 22 weeks into a pregnancy. (NPR)

Happening in the US: The number of twins born each year in the United States has seen a downward trend “for the first time in three decades.” Advancements in IVF techniques may provide an explanation; single embryo transfers are much more common now than they were in the 90s when transfers of multiple embryos were more typical. (NYT)

Happening in NYC: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that HIV diagnoses in the state of New York dropped to an all-time low in 2018, with only 2481 cases. As New Yorkers, we must remember the times only about 30 years ago when AIDS/HIV was rampant throughout the city (especially in LGBTQ+ communities) and take pride in the state’s fervor to promote and support advanced treatments like PrEP. (CNN)

Happening on Campus: I’m providing double the dose of health-related events since they are happening in the near future and not today. It’s good to have options, people! Well Woman holds office hours with peer educators from 7 to 9 pm on Sunday, so feel free to drop by to improve your overall well being. On October 10 from 12 to 6 pm, you can receive a free flu shot, so long as you provide your Columbia University ID, in the Everett Lounge within Zankel Hall at the Teachers College.  (WW) (Columbia Health)

Weekly Song Recommendation: If you agree that being single is in style, I highly suggest bopping to “Soltera – Remix” by Lunay, Daddy Yankee, and Bad Bunny. I suppose it can be your anthem if you’re trying to avoid getting sick. Keep your germs to yourself and join the movement for an anti-cuffing season.

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