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 (813) 554-8015 or (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

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

Mondays, August 19-September 30 
(no class on Labor Day, September 2)
First Presbyterian Church Lakeland 
175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland

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

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

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

Wednesdays, October 9-November 13
Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center 
1003 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., Safety Harbor

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

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

To enroll in this program or for more information, email 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 

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

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

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

Wednesdays, August 21-November 6
St. Joseph's Hospital-South
6901 Simmons Loop, Riverview
(dates and classroom vary—please call or email for full schedule)

Wednesdays, September 4-November 20 
Gulfside Elementary 
2329 Anclote Blvd, Holiday 

Tuesdays, October 29-January 14 
La Esperanza Clinic at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
16650 Highway 301, Wimauma
(Clases en español)

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

Registration is preferred.

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