As we all know cardiovascular disease accounts for 1/3rd of all deaths in our nation, and to add to those somewhat glum statistics, one in three adults could have diabetes by 2050 if things go as they are. This will be staggering to this country. Already the direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease and diabetes is more than $535 billion per year.A new partnership has formed between the American Medical Association and the YMCA pre-diabetes. They are going to work together to bring some programs to communities that will reduce disease risk. They will focus on helping folks work on lifestyle changes such as diet, weight loss and exercise.Other diseases that the American Medical Association will target are cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s. All of these chronic conditions have a huge impact on quality of life and financial costs to individuals. One AMA goal is to increase YMCA membership by 10,000 people by July 2015. They’ll also get 10 million people to control their high blood pressure by 2015. These are pretty lofty goals, and it starts one person at a time. Perhaps this is a great time for you to take a few steps toward better health. Take a look at your usual food intake, and then level of activity.