Tuesday, February 17, 2009
This morning, Coach Nicole appeared on local (Cincinnati) FOX 19 to explain how to workout at home without spending a lot of money. She mentioned SparkPeople's free resources, the Fitness Starter Kit (available for less than $25 at www.SparkPeopleStore.com), and even our 7-day Bootcamp workout plan!
You can see the 3-minute segment, which also features some exercise demos performed by Jenny, another SparkPeople employee, online.
Please click here to see it on the FOX 19 Website.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
We launched an improvement to our "Add a Food" page yesterday where you can now search foods shared by other members right from the main search page. As a reminder, when members manually enter a food into their tracker they have the option to share with other members. Please note that these foods are not checked by SparkPeople.
There are two ways to search our shared foods:
1) On the lower right of our Add a Food page you will see a button to select titled "Search foods shared by other members"
2) If you run a normal food search and we don't find any results, we'll automatically search our shared foods.
So you can tell the difference, all shared foods will have a member's username next to the name of the food.
Our main food database has around 10,000 foods, while our shared food count is currently at around 600,000 foods. So this should be very helpful to find new foods on the market, more unique foods, international foods, and more!
Monday, February 02, 2009
Below every comment left on a recipe on SparkRecipes you now have the option to say if a Comment was helpful or not. More helpful comments will be sent to the top of the Comments section on each recipe, to help members quickly find the best Comments.
Also, if you haven't checked out SparkRecipes in a while there are now over 125,000 recipes available!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Today we launched two enhancements to one of my favorite SparkPeople features: quizzes!
First, quizzes have a fresh, new look that allows you to get instant feedback about whether your answer choice is right or wrong. (Before, you had to take the entire quiz to see your results.) We think this will make quizzes more fun and interactive than before.
And second, we've added the ability for members to comment on quizzes. (Remember that you must be logged in to make comments.) To comment on a quiz (click here to see an example), you first have to take the quiz. On the final results page, scroll down to see member comments and to leave your own. Commenting on a quiz is a fun way to discuss what you think about the questions, how well you did, or what you learned, for example.
Please keep in mind that SparkPeople has two types of quiz formats: quizzes, which have right and wrong answers to fact-based questions; and assessments, which teach you more about yourself by asking questions that don't have any right or wrong answers. These updates today apply to quizzes only, not assessments.
We hope you will enjoy the fresh look of our quizzes and take advantage of the ability to comment on them!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
January is the perfect time to revisit your goals, setting both long- and short-term goals for the year. One thing we recommend is checking out SparkAmerica, where you can set a goal to exercise for a certain number of minutes during 2009.
All SparkPeople members can see an ongoing total of their fitness minutes for each week, month and year by visiting the SparkAmerica page. Each time you track your workouts on SparkPeople—on the cardio tracker, strength tracker or QuickTrack—your minutes will automatically count toward these totals.
We recommend that you visit your SparkAmerica page and see if revisit your 2008 fitness minute goal and set a new goal for 2009. Here's how:
- Log in to SparkPeople (if you aren't already logged in).
- Go to the SparkAmerica page (under the Community tab).
- Scroll down the page until you find a red box on the left side titled "My SparkAmerica." Here, you'll see your current totals, as well as your 2008 and/or 2009 fitness minute goals (if you have set them).
- To edit your goals for 2009, click "Edit Minute Goals" at the bottom of the red box.
- Enter both a monthly and a yearly fitness minute goal. If you're not sure what to enter, 360 minutes per month (or 90 minutes per week) could be a good place to start.
- Click "Save Your Changes" and you're all set!
While you're on the SparkAmerica page, take a look around! SparkAmerica is our health and fitness challenge, where we encourage people to take small steps to become more active. One of the best parts of SparkAmerica is seeing the grand total of all the fitness minutes that all of our members have tracked. You can also see which cities and states are the most active on our Leaderboards (on the right side of the page).
Here's to a fit and healthy 2009!
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