Choose Your Health and Ditch the Germs
by Alex Parra, age 10
Diseases can be very powerful. They can make people sick and sometimes even cause death.
There are hundreds of different diseases that make you sick in different ways. Germs, or bacteria and viruses, are the cause of diseases that can be harmful and sometimes deadly. Disease can spread among people; for example, if someone coughs they could get their germs on other people. Tetanus is an example of an infectious disease caused by bacteria that can make people very sick.
Not all diseases are caused by germs. These are called noninfectious diseases and they are caused by poor diet or unhealthy lifestyle choices. For example, if you smoke a lot or are often stressed out you are more prone to getting heart disease.
It is important to take good care of yourself. If you don’t, you put your health at risk. Of course, you can’t always avoid getting sick, because germs and bacteria are virtually everywhere. But you can avoid noninfectious diseases by practicing good hygiene and making healthy lifestyle choices.
[Source: The Kingfisher Children’s Encyclopedia]