There's good news for Miami-Dade County in the latest county health rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Florida Public Health Institute. Premature deaths -- years of potential life lost before age 75 per 100,000 population -- have been declining for the past 10 years and have dropped more sharply since 2007.
Although we're more obese and acquiring more sexually transmitted diseases than we should, the county's rate of obesity is on a downward trend, and the number of STDs, if not declining, has flattened out.
Out biggest weaknesses -- unemployment, child poverty and being uninsured, all of which impact our health -- still need improvement, but are heading in the right direction. Explore here.