Get Healthy

Various workout items including sneakers, weights, water bottle  and towel

BayCare is dedicated to giving all members of our community the tools necessary to achieve the best health possible. These two grant funded programs include Get Into Fitness Today (GIFT) and Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP). Classes are available in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, and has expanded to Polk and Pasco counties on a limited basis.

Dates and times vary based on location.

For more information, call (727) 561-2406 or email

Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP)

The Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) is a free program accredited by the National American Association of Diabetes Educators and managed by trained diabetes educators, which was made possible through BayCare's partnership with the Florida State Department of Health. This six-week class teaches you how to manage diabetes through lifestyle changes including better nutrition and physical activity. The goal of the DEEP program is to empower you to take charge of your diabetes, avoid complications from the disease and improve self-management skills. Call today and start enjoying the benefits of a healthier, more energetic lifestyle. 

How do I qualify?

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Have a Type 2 diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes.
  • Attend one class a week for six weeks. Each class is approximately two hours long.
  • Be eager to learn and take charge of your diabetes.

DEEP Class Information

Thursdays, October 24-December 5
Morton Plant Hospital
Doyle Classroom A
300 Pinellas St., Clearwater

Mondays, November 11-December 16
Rasmussen College - New Port Richey
Room 301
8661 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey 

Tuesdays, November 12-December 17
St. Vincent de Paul CARES
384 15th St. N., St Petersburg

Wednesdays, November 20-January 8
Plant City Community Resource Center
307 N. Michigan Ave., Plant City
(Clases en español)

Fridays, November 22-January 3
JL Young Garden Apartments
8220 N. Florida Ave., Tampa
(Clases en español)

Mondays, December 2-January 6
Ross Norton Recreational Center 
1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater
(Clases en español)

Mondays, January 6-February 10
Bardmoor Outpatient Imaging
8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo

Wednesdays, January 8- February 12, 2020 
Campbell Park Recreation Center 
601 14th St. S., St. Petersburg

Mondays, January 27-March 2
St Pete Housing Authority - Jordan Park Apartments
Conference Room
1245 Jordan Park St. S., St. Petersburg
Registration is preferred. 

To enroll in this program or for more information, email or call (727) 561-2406.

Get Into Fitness Today (GIFT) Classes

Get Into Fitness Today (GIFT) is a free program offered to the community and made possible through BayCare’s partnership with the Florida State Department of Health. GIFT was developed by registered dietitians, nurses and health educators and uses science-based information to reduce chronic diseases through obesity prevention. GIFT emphasizes improving your nutrition education and increasing physical activity in your daily life, both of which help facilitate weight reduction.

GIFT classes meet once a week for 12 weeks, each class lasts about an hour. In the 12 weeks, teachers provide educational information and health tools to support your goals. The first six weeks focus on nutrition, food portioning and labels, while the second six weeks focus on maintenance, fitness and preventing health disease. After attending this program, the goal is for participants to be able to continue weight loss and wellness goals with an increased knowledge of nutrition and physical activity. 

Note: The class is more educational intensive and offers only a light portion of exercise demonstrations toward the end of the program. Casual comfortable clothes, sneakers or closed toe shoes are suggested, but not required. 

How do I qualify?

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Any individual with a BMI of 25 or higher and/or pre-hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Attend one class a week for 12 weeks. Each class is approximately one hour long.

GIFT Class Information    

Mondays, November 18-February 3
St. Anthony's Resource Center - Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
2nd Floor Classroom 
500 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N., St Petersburg 

Wednesdays, November 20-February 19
St. Vincent de Paul CARES
2735 Whitney Rd., Clearwater

Tuesdays, December 3-February 18
J.W. Cate Recreation Center
5801 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburgh

Thursdays, December 5-February 27
Dr. Carter G. Woodson PK-8
8715 N. 22nd St., Tampa

Fridays, December 6-February 21
BT Washington Elementary 
1407 E. Estelle St., Tampa

Thursdays, January 2-March 19
Rasmussen College - Land O Lakes
18600 Fernview St., Land O Lakes

Fridays, January 10-March 27
Oak Park Elementary
Media Center
2716 N. 46th St., Tampa 

Mondays, January 20-April 6
Ross Norton Recreation Center
1426 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Clearwater
(Clases en español)

Tuesdays, February 11-April 28
Sligh Magnet Middle School
2011 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa

Mondays, March 16-June 1
St. Pete Housing Authority - Jordan Park Apartments
Conference Room
1245 Jordan Park St. S., St. Petersburg

Registration is preferred.

To enroll in this program or for more information, email or call (727) 561-2406.