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- Infant mortality continues to fall among babies born in Tennessee.
- Pregnancy among teens is at its lowest level in decades.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
- Syphilis rates decreased among all groups of women from 2006 to 2011.
- Limiting the number of sexual partners and always using condoms will decrease the risk of STIs.
Causes of Death
- There were fewer motor vehicle deaths among all Tennessee women.
- Cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular risks, and many mental health conditions can be detected early and lead to more effective treatment.
Modifiable Risk Behaviors
- Smoking is becoming less common among women in Tennessee.
- Tobacco use, alcohol use, overweight and obesity, diets low in fruits and vegetables, and lack of physical activity increase cardiovascular risk.
- More women in Tennessee are getting their annual flu shot.
- Health care providers should assess women’s risk for breast, cervical, and colon cancer and recommend screenings.
Barriers to Health
- Access to care and higher socioeconomic status are linked with better health.
- Lower health literacy can limit participation in and getting the most benefit from health care.