Get Healthy

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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 (813) 554-8015 or (727) 561-2406 or email GetHealthy@baycare.org

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

Saturdays, June 15-July 20 
10am-12pm 
Pinellas Community Church 
Rooms 201 and 202 
5501 31st St. S., St. Petersburg 

Wednesdays, July 24-August 28
6-8pm
St. Joseph's Women's Hospital
Classroom 3
3030 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,Tampa

Wednesdays, July 31-September 4 
6-8pm 
Campbell Park Recreation Center 
601 14th St. S., St. Petersburg 

Mondays, August 26-October 7
6-8pm
St. Anthony’s Hospital
Classroom A
1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Mondays, September 9-October 14 
2-4pm
Sunshine Senior Center
330 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg

Thursdays, September 19-October 24
6-8pm
Bethel Community Church
Fellowship Hall
2901 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Wednesdays, January 8- February 12, 2020 
6-8pm 
Campbell Park Recreation Center 
601 14th St. S., St. Petersburg
 
Registration is preferred. 

To enroll in this program or for more information, email GetHealthy@baycare.org or call (813) 554-8015 or (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

Thursdays, May 16-August 1 
6-7pm 
Winter Haven Hospital 
200 Ave. F N.E., Winter Haven 

Thursdays, May 23-August 8 
10-11am 
Plant City Community Resource Center
Room 202 
307 N. Michigan Ave., Plant City 

Fridays, June 21-September 6 
3-4pm 
Metropolitan Ministries 
2301 N. Tampa St., Tampa 

Mondays, June 24-September 9 
6-7pm 
Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church 
955 20th St. S., St Petersburg

Thursdays, July 11-September 26 
6-7pm 
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Bekesh Education and Conference Center, Room 2 and 3 
6600 Madison St., New Port Richey

Tuesdays, July 23-October 8
6-7pm
St. Joseph's Women's Hospital
Classroom 2
3030 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,Tampa 

Tuesdays, July 30-October 5
7-8pm 
Fifth Avenue Church of Christ Fellowship Hall 
4200 Fifth Ave. S., St. Petersburg 

Tuesdays, August 6-October 22 
10-11am 
Pinellas Community Church 
Room 201 and 202 
5501 31st St. S., St Petersburg 

Registration is preferred.

To enroll in this program or for more information, email GetHealthy@baycare.org or call (813) 554-8015 or (727) 561-2406.