Preventative care is one of the most important steps you can take in managing your health. It focuses on preventing illnesses, injuries or medical conditions before they happen. Effective preventative care can help you enjoy a better quality of life while reducing your potential health care costs. Preventative care also extends to individuals living with a chronic health condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer or others where the focus is on proactively managing symptoms, complications and improving quality of life. Preventative care includes things such as simple daily habits such as getting enough rest, exercise and washing your hands, to vaccinations, exams and screenings.