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1 in 3 TN women are obese, health report says

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The Tennessee Women's Health Report Card was released Tuesday, and there were some mixed results.

The good news is deaths from diabetes and motor vehicle wrecks declined.

Also, only 3 percent of babies born in Tennessee were to teen mothers. Cases of HIV also decreased.

However, one in three women is obese, more than 40 percent of women have high cholesterol and cases of chlamydia and death from cancer increased.

Doctors said if you're looking to change your health habits, getting a family member involved can help.

"If they can start to help prepare their children to eat healthier, to be more active, then that can go a long way in to improving the family's health," said Dr. Gwinnett Ladson, the interim chairman of the OBGYN department at Meharry Medical College.

The report was assembled by the state Department of Health, Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College.

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