Get Healthy

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At BayCare, your health is our number one priority. 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 on how to attend each virtual class. We encourage each attendee to test the virtual class 1-2 days prior, and if you have any issues to reach out at (727) 561-2406 or email

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 Virtual Class Information

Wednesdays, May 20-June 24
Sponsored by BayCare

Fridays, June 3-July 8
Sponsored by Thomas "Jet" Jackson Recreation Center

Mondays, July 20-August 24
Sponsored by St. Anthony's Hospital

Thursdays, July 23-August 27
Sponsored by Mease Dunedin Hospital

Tuesdays, August 4-Sept. 8
Sponsored by BayCare Outpatient Center (Palm Harbor)

Mondays, Sept. 21-October 26
Sponsored by Sunshine Senior Center

Thursdays, Sept. 24-October 29
Sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital-North

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 Virtual Class Information

Thursdays, June 18-September 3
Sponsored by St. Anthony's Resource Center-LifeHelp (SARC)

Wednesday, July 1-September 16
Sponsored by Bartow Regional Medical Center

Thursdays, July 9-September 10
Sponsored by New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center

Thursdays, August 4-October 20
Sponsored by Metropolitan Ministries

Wednesdays, Sept. 2-November 18
Sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital-South

Thursdays, Sept. 3-November 19
Sponsored by Wilfred Resource Center

Thursdays, Sept. 10-November 26
Sponsored by DayStar Life Center

Registration is preferred.

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