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 (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 

Mondays, January 6-February 10
6-8pm
Bardmoor Outpatient Imaging
8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo

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

Thursdays, January 16-February 20
10-12pm
Plant City Community Resource Center
307 N. Michigan Ave. Plant City
(Clases en español)

Mondays, January 27-March 2
10am-12pm
United Way Suncoast Resource Center at Campbell Park
701 16th Street South, St. Petersburg
(On the Campus of John Hopkins Middle School)

Wednesdays, March 11-April 15
11-1pm
Wilfred Smith Resource Center
135 Ave Y NE, Winter Haven

Wednesdays, February 12-March 18
10-12pm
SouthShore Community Resource Center
201 14th Ave SE, Ruskin
(Clases en español)

Thursdays, February 20-March 26
2-4pm
DayStar Resource Center
1055 28th St S, St. Petersburg

 
Registration is preferred. 

To enroll in this program or for more information, email GetHealthy@baycare.org 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, January 21-April 7
6-7pm
J.W. Cate Recreation Center (Healthy St Pete)
5801 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg

Thursdays, February 13-April 30
4-5pm
South Florida Baptist Hospital
ER Conference Room
301 N Alexander St, Plant City

Tuesdays, February 18-May 5
11-12pm
Wilfred Smith Resource Center
135 Ave Y NE, Winter Haven

Thursdays, March 5-May 21
6-7pm
St. Anthony's Resource Center- LifeHelp (SARC)
2nd Floor Classroom
500 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N, St Petersburg

Mondays, March 16-June 1
10-11am
United Way Suncoast Resource Center at Campbell Park
701 16th Street South, St. Petersburg
(On the Campus of John Hopkins Middle School)

Tuesdays, March 24-June 9
6-7pm
BayCare Health Hub- Bloomingdale
Community Room
2470 Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico

Registration is preferred.

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