Parents and teens can preview three new classes at the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center on Friday.

The fall program preview at 8 a.m. at the center at 515 S. George St. will highlight the new health education programs: Driven 2 Distraction, I Got Your Back and The Talk 101.

Students will be exposed to the reality of what it is like to drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs by using the center's simulator in the Driven 2 Distraction program.

The simulator also has an option to show users how texting affects their driving.

The focus of the class is to teach young drivers about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, but the center hopes to expand the class in the future to accommodate adults as well, said center spokeswoman Rachel Fabie.

I Got Your Back is a bullying prevention program offered to parents to teach the warning signs of bullying and how to help their child.

The Talk 101 is to offer help for parents on how to discuss the subject of sexuality with their children.

Several parents have raised the question on how to broach the topic with children, and the program is designed to help everyone move forward with that discussion, Fabie said.

Anyone interested in attending the preview at the center is asked to RSVP to Rachel Fabie at 848-3064, ext. 229 or For more information visit

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