Get Healthy

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

At BayCare, your health is our number one priority. In order to reduce the risks of COVID-19, we have made all existing DEEP and GIFT classes virtual. Your facilitator should be reaching out individually with instructions. All new classes to start March 24th-May 31st will be cancelled. If you were recently referred by a physician or community partner, we will contact you as soon as classes are up and running again for enrollment.

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

Mondays, June 1-July 6
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
"Extra" Dining Space
6600 Madison St., New Port Richey

Wednesdays, June 3-July 8
Thomas Jet Jackson Recreation
1000 28th St S, St. Petersburg

Thursdays, June 11-July 16
St. Joseph's Hospital-North
Classroom B
4211 Van Dyke Rd, Lutz

Wednesdays, June 23-July 28
St. Joseph's Hospital
MAB Auditorium 2
3001 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tampa

Mondays, July 20-August 24
St. Anthony's Hospital
Classroom A
1200 7th Ave N, St. Petersburg

Thursdays, July 23-August 27
Mease Dunedin Hospital
Room 3
601 Main St., Dunedin

Tuesdays, August 4-September 8
BayCare Outpatient Center (Palm
3890 Tampa Rd, #201, Palm Harbor 

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

Tuesdays, June 2-August 18
Metropolitan Ministries
2301 N Tampa St., Tampa

Thursdays, June 4-August 20
Plant City Community Resource Center
307 N. Michigan Ave., Plant City
(Clase en española)

Tuesdays, June 9-August 25
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
"Extra" Dining Space
6600 Madison St., New Port Richey

Thursdays, June 18-September 3
St. Anthony's Resource Center LifeHelp (SARC)
2nd Floor Classroom
500 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N, St. Petersburg

Wednesday, July 1-September 16
Bartow Regional Medical Center
2200 Osprey Blvd., Bartow

Thursdays, July 9-September 10
New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center
6630 Van Buren Street, New Port Richey

Registration is preferred.

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