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Weight Management

Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

Being overweight or obese can increase the risk for many serious long-term conditions, like heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and others. It can also worsen conditions like asthma and arthritis and contribute to an increased risk for injuries because mobility, flexibility and strength are reduced.

GET INTO FITNESS TODAY (GIFT) is a weight management program developed by Registered Dietitians, Registered Nurses, and Health Educators to provide education, support, tools, and accountability for healthy weight loss and maintenance and has been identified as an Innovative Practice by NACCHO (National Association of City and County Health Officials). It's convenient, free, also offered in Spanish and provided in 3 ways to make it easy to get the information and support you need:

  • IN SUPPORT GROUPS led by trained facilitators with support from our staff, participants spend 6-12 weeks in group sessions held in convenient community locations. Have 6 or 7 friends who want to meet regularly - at a home, church, library, or park? This is it. Whether you want to start your own group or join an existing one in the community, GIFT provides the knowledge, support and tools to help you reach your goals of healthy weight loss, improved fitness and lifestyle changes.
  • AT WORK: GIFT is an easy-to-implement program at extremely low cost for businesses who want to offer employees an opportunity to get and stay healthier. Wellness programs have been shown to reduce absences and increase productivity. This program has been used successfully in both small and large businesses. We provide facilitator training and CDs of all program information at no cost to the employer.
  • ONLINE: If your schedule keeps you from participating in group sessions in the community or work, GIFT online is for you! Check it out and give yourself a gift by registering today.

Do you know your weight category?  Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Contact our GIFT staff at 813-307-8071 or email us at

If you are interested in participating as an individual or organization in community advocacy for obesity prevention, consider joining Partners in Obesity Prevention, a coalition of local partners who represents a broad base of disciplines and whose mission is to promote the treatment and prevention of obesity in Hillsborough County communities through advocacy, education, and resource sharing.