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and other family members are often the people who best sup- port your goals and promote your health and the health of your family. They can inspire and encourage basic values such as working hard, staying focused, planning ahead, being honest, and engaging in safe and healthful behaviors. Other role models may include teachers, coaches, religious leaders, and volunteers. Think about the character traits that your role models demon- strate. Do you show the same traits in your daily actions? When your behaviors reflect good character, you may inspire others to act in kind, responsible ways, too. In return, you will experience increased feelings of self-worth, satisfaction, and a sense of purpose. role model Teens can be important role models for younger students.
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Demonstrating Character y demonstrating good character, you practice behaviors that B have a positive effect both on yourself and others at home, at school, and in your community. Make a difference at home. You demonstrate trustworthiness and reliability at home when you carry out your responsibilities. By showing respect and caring in daily actions, you will also strengthen your family relationships. Make a difference at school. At this stage in life, you are probably beginning to evaluate the rules that others have set for you. By observing school rules, you show respect for teachers and fellow students. Make a difference in your community. Good citizenship means obeying laws, respecting the needs of others, and being tolerant of differences. Take advantage of the opportunity you have to model good character and be a positive influence on those around you. Applying Health Skills Advocacy. Prepare a message about an important health cause or organization. The message should be appropriate for a specific audience, such as children, teens, parents, or individuals with a disability. Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 1. What is character ? How is good character related to values? 2. Name the six primary traits of good character. 3. List three ways of demonstrating good character in your home, your school, and your community. Thinking Critically 4. Synthesizing. Why do you think that caring, responsibility, and respect are values that exist across cultures? 5. Applying. In what ways can you use communica- tion skills to demonstrate consideration and respect for self, family, and others? P R E S E N T A T I O N S O F T W A R E You can use presentation software to include images in your advocacy message. Find help in using presentation software at health.glencoe.com. Lesson 3 Building Character 41 Helping out with household tasks is a way to demon- strate good character at home. How do you con- tribute to your home, school, and community? health.glencoe.com HS_HEALTH_U01_C02_L3 12/6/03 8:07 AM Page 41
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H E A L T H M E D I A & A D V O C A C Y How does staying active help Jennifer? “I got a lot of confidence out of playing basketball,” says Jennifer, who started the sport at age 11 when her father took her to a practice. “I didn’t want to go,” she recalls. “I was sort of in denial about
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