Get Healthy

BayCare is dedicated to giving all members of our community the tools necessary to achieve the best health possible. Your health is our number one priority. With the help of the Florida State Department of Health, BayCare offers two grant funded programs, Get Into Fitness Today (GIFT) and Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP).

NOTE: In order to reduce the risks of COVID-19, we have made all DEEP and GIFT classes virtual until further notice. As you register for classes, your facilitator should be reaching out individually step-by-step instructions. If you have any issues to reach out at (727) 467-4991 or email

“The class reinforces common sense and uses education to help participants reach their goals.” -Dean 

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. 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.

How do I qualify?

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • 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.

Download a full class schedule.


Get Into Fitness Today (GIFT) Classes

Get Into Fitness Today (GIFT) is a free 12-week program offered to the community that was developed by registered dietitians, nurses and health educators and uses science-based information to reduce chronic diseases through obesity prevention. The first six weeks focus on nutrition, food portioning and labels, while the second six weeks focus on maintenance, fitness and disease prevention. GIFT emphasizes improving your nutrition education and increasing physical activity in your daily life, both of which help facilitate weight reduction. 

Note: The class is more educational intensive and offers only a light portion of exercise demonstrations. 

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.

Download a full class schedule.

To enroll in one of these programs or for more information, please email or call (727) 467-4991.