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Introducing the SparkPeople Insider!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Hi everyone!

When you logged in to your Start page yesterday, you may have noticed a new banner at the top of the page. This is our newest SparkPeople feature. We call it the SparkPeople Insider. Here's a small image of what it looks like:



Each day, there will be a new insider "tip" when you log in to SparkPeople. We're going to feature some of SparkPeople's best—and often "hidden"—features in this section. Occasionally, you'll also find a Special Announcement or info about NEW features in this area, too!

In addition, you can earn 1 SparkPoint each day for clicking on the link in the Insider. We hope this will encourage both new and seasoned SparkPeople members to learn about some of our best features and to remember to read the special SparkPeople Insider tip each day.

We hope you enjoy the SparkPeople Insider. Remember, you'll find it on your Start Page (under the "My Tools" tab) when you are logged in.


  
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SEPTLEFTY 9/4/2011 3:46AM

  Love it love it love it

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SHAMROCKY2K 1/18/2011 1:30PM

    Where is the insider now? The startpage doesn't show it.. or I just can't find it now that there is a newer startpage.

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AIRFORCEMOM820 10/30/2009 1:17AM

    This whole website is amazing ! Keep up the great work emoticon emoticon

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PAISHAR2 10/2/2009 10:15AM

    Thanks for the new things you are always adding!!!!! emoticon

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MADYBABY 9/10/2009 12:46PM

  I think this is a wonderful idea. I watch your exercise videos and do a lot of the exercises for the office at my desk. This is a great site and I am so thankful that a friend told me about it.

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VICKIE53072 9/7/2009 10:28PM

  I was wondering wat this was. Thanks for the info.

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KBEERY 8/30/2009 3:21PM

    Kudos to SP!

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FATLOSLIFSTYL 8/29/2009 12:43AM

    Wow!! This site keeps getting better! THANKS! =)

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FATLOSLIFSTYL 8/29/2009 12:42AM

    Wow!! This site keeps getting better! THANKS! =)

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MACGIRRL 8/28/2009 10:25PM

    Awesome. I love this place.

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OZDIVER 8/28/2009 9:48PM

  Well done

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RIPPEDPAUL1 8/28/2009 10:54AM

    Great idea emoticon

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HEARTSTOPPER 8/28/2009 8:20AM

   
Cool a new way to get another point:)

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SCOTTY51 8/28/2009 7:39AM

    Thanks Nicole. You guys do a terrific job. I especially like your video fitness routines. Did three of your core workouts last night and today I'm feeling it -- in a good way of course.
Thank you!!!
sk

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ABBIEOCHOA 8/28/2009 7:31AM

    Always keeping it fresh and offering us more. Thank you so much

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MESTEESOY6979 8/28/2009 1:33AM

    Thanks for telling me about this feature.

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TANYAHDG 8/28/2009 12:23AM

    Just keeps getting better!

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JUSTFOXXY 8/27/2009 8:41PM

    Love the way you improve just like we improve!

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GRAMMAALI 8/27/2009 7:49PM

    Thanks. Sparks has so much to offer and I love hearing about all the new things you are adding.

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GRATEFULADY 8/27/2009 7:32PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I just found it a few days ago.

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CHIKKLETT 8/27/2009 7:27PM

    oh good! When I first joined it took me only a week or so to quit because it is hard to navigate this site. I think it is an excellent site if you know where you are going on it. I hope the new banner helps!

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RAYNEBAIR 8/27/2009 4:54PM

    Thanks! This will help me, since I'm still learning my way around. This site can be overwhelming for a newbie with all the information and resources available, but I LOVE it!

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NANABECCA 8/27/2009 3:33PM

    Thanks Nicole! Make it a great day, it's a choice!

peas & carrots
becca

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LAURIE5658 8/27/2009 3:15PM

    I love this new feature and haved learned a few new things since it was started. Heck, you earn another point too! Gotta like that!

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2DOGSLOVE 8/26/2009 11:33PM

  right on this will be great

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SHERJACK 8/26/2009 12:38PM

  great new feature

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EAGLESMERE 8/26/2009 8:17AM

  Looking forward to sharing and learning!

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MY-2-GIRLZ 8/26/2009 7:03AM

    Thanks for another great feature

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JLPNURSE 8/26/2009 6:48AM

    Love this feature

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PAMELAHAD 8/25/2009 5:11PM

  Thanks for this blog. I need all the help I can get. And I always like new ideas.

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FOX2566 8/25/2009 4:54PM

  I need all the motivation I can get lately! Thanks.!

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 8/25/2009 3:08PM

    thanks for everything.

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VIBAUSTIN 8/25/2009 3:06PM

    Thanks, another great idea emoticon

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KATHYNURSE 8/25/2009 5:00AM

  Keep up the good work . We all need the support in our journeys to our goal weights.I know we all can do it. emoticon emoticon

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DEE107 8/25/2009 12:08AM

    love it

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ETTEZEUS 8/25/2009 12:07AM

    Another great idea. Thanks!

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MIKEALISON 8/24/2009 11:44PM

    Thanks... another good idea!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/24/2009 10:55PM

    Thanks...I love this feature. I have been gone for a few days and I found it when I got back. Thanks again.
Irene

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MERRYMARY42 8/24/2009 9:50PM

    I accidentally clicked on the sparks insider, and how about that, have found more things to read, that I knew nothing about, I may not get too thin, but I will be well read emoticon

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KIMHALLMARK 8/24/2009 8:31PM

    Great idea. Is this the place where we can ask questions too? I'd like to know (see) what exercises can be done for starters, for someone who is handicapped and has VERY sore feet and legs. I can barely walk sometimes and must always use a walker. emoticon

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BELLE! 8/24/2009 8:20PM

    Love this

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YMUNDERWOOD 8/24/2009 8:07PM

    Love thie additional tips.

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BADUREKL 8/24/2009 7:57PM

  This is a great addition. Every little bit helps. We all have a long way to go and going the distance together is a real advantage to all of us! emoticon

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CAROLJANE4 8/24/2009 7:53PM

    emoticon You guys are the best.

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PEEKABOOCASTLE 8/24/2009 6:27PM

    I think this is a good idea.

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COUSINCAROL 8/24/2009 6:08PM

    Good idea. I love it. Thanks

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SKINNYLYNNY50 8/24/2009 5:45PM

    Lookin Good:) emoticon

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GRL_ONA_MISSION 8/24/2009 5:04PM

    thanks for the info!!! emoticon

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MRSMELVIN1 8/24/2009 5:00PM

    emoticon One more tool I can us.

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KAT7457 8/24/2009 4:01PM

    thanks for sharing

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Feature enhancements - Fitness Maps & Video Blogs

Wednesday, August 12, 2009



Hi everyone

I wanted to let you know about two feature enhancements today:

1) Tweaks to Fitness Maps
- The biggest change we made is that you can now search maps by any city name or zip code (including international). Previously you could only search by choosing from the 100 biggest US cities.
- We also made some smaller changes, including the ability to rename your route and use metric measurements.
- As a reminder you can find Fitness Maps by going to Healthy Lifestyle, then Fitness, then find a link in the center of the page. You can click here to visit directly.

2)New page to view Video Blogs - You can now view all Video Blogs on one page. You can sort them to see the most recent or most popular. We encourage you to visit this page for inspiration and to browse videos from members like you! You can get to this page by going to the Community tab and clicking the "Explore Video Blogs" link in the Blogs section, or can click here to visit the page directly.



  
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SO_ROSE 9/9/2009 2:06PM

    Love the Fitness Map idea, but the streets in my neighborhood are drawn incorrectly. I'm not sure if this is through Google Earth, but they are incorrectly drawn there as well. How are things like this corrected?

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KIDSATHART 9/8/2009 8:16PM

    Thanks for the info.

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SHARYNAT 8/30/2009 9:25PM

    Thanks!!

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MIS2101 8/30/2009 12:46AM

    Thanks!

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LINDA6105 8/29/2009 2:10AM

    I just found the Fitness Maps and now have 3 custom maps for my neighborhood it's great. I find some new tool everyday I just love SP


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GRATEFULADY 8/28/2009 11:35PM

    I just found the feature a few days ago. It really motivated me to get out in my small town and walk. Before I could only guess how far I was walking and then walked the same route all the time. This way I can mix it up.

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DENRNAJ 8/28/2009 6:23AM

    never knew about this feature- SP is just getting better and better for me- thanks

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BETWEENUS 8/28/2009 5:59AM

    I just found the fitness map. Great feature.

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LAURIE5658 8/27/2009 3:17PM

    I LOVE the fitness maps and use them when I don't use my Nike + Ipod system. Thank you!

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CALIDREAMER76 8/24/2009 9:17PM

    I LOVE THE FITNESS MAPS!
I GO AROUND BRAGGING - THAT I WALK A 5K! I never knew its mileage equivalent and thought it much more. I've mapped a few routes at home and one at my Dad's home when I'm visiting there.

GREAT feature!

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SEXYNAILS 8/24/2009 5:14PM

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JENNDELGADO 8/24/2009 3:32PM

    I love the fitness maps helps me on those days that I just want to get out of the house and go for a walk

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HTHINER 8/24/2009 10:46AM

    The maps are a great idea and will be more helpful as people add routes.

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PTEMPLETON 8/18/2009 10:35PM

    Thanks!!!

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SUDDENLYISEE 8/18/2009 9:53PM

    Thanks! I use fitness maps all the time. BTW, is there any way to find the record for the last time a route was used? I want to see if I went faster than my previous time.


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JLPNURSE 8/17/2009 3:57PM

    yah

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KRISTY7746 8/17/2009 1:28PM

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SCWEBER 8/16/2009 10:16PM

    Thanks! I love fitness maps! SparkPeople is the greatest.

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MARILEDAY 8/16/2009 7:18PM

    Thanks!!!

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PRUPLEBEAR 8/16/2009 5:55PM

    Thanks

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MICHELE_L 8/16/2009 3:39PM

    You continue to amaze me with the improvements you keep making to this wonderful site! emoticon

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CAREWREN 8/15/2009 9:42PM

    Thank you!

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FEWCHERNERSE44 8/15/2009 5:56PM

    This is wonderful news. Thanks!!!

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ALIGEE63 8/15/2009 10:09AM

  Any chance of having fitness maps for us UK members :-)



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KDMATAR 8/15/2009 2:27AM

  like the fitness maps....

future enhancement thought -- gluten free meal plans. emoticon

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NANAMOM652009 8/14/2009 8:26PM

    Thanks emoticon

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KTHUNDER15 8/14/2009 6:34PM

    Can you make a minor change to the "Add - Food Search" page to show a scroll bar? I only have a 14" monitor and can not see the bottom of the screen. Sometimes I have to turn off all my tool bars just to click on the add button. FYI I am using IE8, and adjusting the size of the screen does not help.

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CARLYNMCC 8/14/2009 4:35PM

    Yeah! More enhancements! Thanks!

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OURKAZOKU2 8/14/2009 3:55PM

  I love this new feature! We have been trying to figure out how long our usual route is, but it doesn't follow the road, so we weren't able to do it. Now we can!! I am so EXCITED! emoticon

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SHEILAS6 8/14/2009 9:52AM

    Another wonderful TWEEK, would be to allow us to add to the route daily creating a VIRTUAL WALK. I began walking shortly after joining SP in May of 2007 and have mapped a walk from my home in Canada to the Golden Gate Bridge,( using another program). I am closing in on that beautiful bridge and being able to see my efforts towards that goal has inspired me to keep walking, and keep my weight and physical health in check.

I believe the Fitness Map to be one of the best new features ever added to Sparkpeople, and applaud the efforts of all who make "Spark" the fabulous website that it is.





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ARTSYGIRLV2 8/14/2009 7:15AM

    This is ve-ry cool. I started tracking my daily walks a while back on a site that I can't recall the name, but after a while, they lost all my data, and I got frustrated and didn't start again. Thank you very much for giving me the chance to do it on a site that I trust.

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RIGHTNOW61 8/13/2009 9:06PM

    Love the Fitness Maps update.

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VIVIANS_ZONE 8/13/2009 7:52PM

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ASKETCH 8/13/2009 5:57PM

    I sure love the mapping of the routes in my city. Thanks emoticon

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TAMMY0911 8/13/2009 3:37PM

    Excellent!! Thanks!!

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SANGAFAYE1005 8/13/2009 12:49PM

    Just when we think it could not be any better... you rock. Thanks

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COUSINCAROL 8/13/2009 10:34AM

    What a great help. Thanks

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JAGRACER 8/13/2009 10:16AM

    Thanks!

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JLPNURSE 8/13/2009 7:20AM

    Thanks for the improvements

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PAVELKA6 8/13/2009 6:51AM

  It means so much that you all are continually making SP more user-friendly! Thanks for all your dedication & hard work!

The fitness maps "upgrade" is absolutely wonderful. I think they are a great resource & I use them all the time.

Thanks!

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TAMI1691 8/13/2009 3:22AM

    This is a great feature. The fitness maps. I was surprised to see even my little town in there. is great.

Does anyone know how we can add it to our favorites in the fitness section so that I dont have to go to the maps all time to add it to my tracker???

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ANIDUCK 8/13/2009 1:01AM

    Thank you; love the maps feature and being able to put my running route into the tracker so quickly. This is great!

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NOMOREFAT24 8/13/2009 12:27AM

    Thanks for the up date! This helps out alot.



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BARBARII 8/12/2009 10:28PM

    very excited to check out some additional routes! Thanks!

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GOSPELCLOWN 8/12/2009 10:18PM

    I'm impressed! I'm going to check out some Canadian maps for sites around me!
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I'm pumped!
Karen

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DIDI440 8/12/2009 9:47PM

  Thanks for the updates. I am loving this.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/12/2009 8:16PM

    Thank you so much!

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AHEALTHIERME9 8/12/2009 8:04PM

    Sounds great! Many thanks!

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ONE_TINY_LADY 8/12/2009 7:12PM

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GIANNI98 8/12/2009 7:05PM

    That's an excellent enhancement to an already dynamic feature. THANK YOU!!!!

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New "Success" Icon Options

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Hi everyone!

Based on member feedback, we've added some new "success" icons that you can use as your Message Board profile picture. In addition to the "I lost __ lbs" icons, there are now icons such as "I ran my first 5K", "Creating a New Me" and "Getting Fit". To upload one, click on Edit My SparkPage, click the link to change your profile picture, then click the link to "success icons" at the top of the page.

We hope you enjoy the new options!!

  
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LILIGRAC 10/2/2009 12:34PM

    Will have to check it out! Thanks for being there for when I need help to lose FAT! from my life.

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JUSTFOXXY 8/27/2009 8:46PM

    I love the pant sizes icon because although my weight hasn't changed much my clothing has.

Should think about adding these options to the emoticons.

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SRAMB23 8/26/2009 9:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/24/2009 9:22PM

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You and SP meet so many needs of many different people. Thanks for putting us first!!! emoticon

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AGGIE56 8/24/2009 8:53PM

    Thanks for doing this! I'm really proud of how far I've come with SparkPeople. I really want to brag! thanks for helping me do that!! This is awesome!
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MRSJARI 8/24/2009 12:33PM

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HIBBLER22 8/24/2009 10:54AM

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ARMYMOM46 8/24/2009 9:46AM

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1BIGDREAM 8/18/2009 2:21PM

    I was wondering how to do this! That's terrific!
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KAYDOOMOM 8/13/2009 4:27PM

    Nice idea! emoticon

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LLSITTL 8/12/2009 4:20PM

    Thanx for the info.

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KRISTY7746 8/12/2009 2:39PM

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GLORYB2014 8/12/2009 11:13AM

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JANLEEW 8/12/2009 2:04AM

    Hooray! Now more choices. Oh that means more decisions. Ah but that is OK.
Thanks for all that!

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JANLEEW 8/12/2009 2:03AM

    Hooray! Now more choices. Oh that means more decisions. Ah but that is OK.
Thanks for all that!

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CBDACH 8/10/2009 7:23PM

  Great and thanks!

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LOVLY2008 8/10/2009 11:42AM

    Yes thanks very much. I find myself on the Spark Web Site all the time now. Hardly ever go in my chat room anymore and I've been there for 8 years. Every time I turn around theres more to see, do and read. Thank you. I am considering a Blog on my My Space page, promoting Spark People. I know you like Facebook but I think My Space needs to know about you too. emoticon

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MSDANES 8/10/2009 11:19AM

    Thanks! I'm adding right now!

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KIKI8508 8/10/2009 10:46AM

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YOYO-NOMO 8/10/2009 10:13AM

    Thank you

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BLUEANGELLK 8/10/2009 2:00AM

    Great ideas!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/10/2009 1:34AM

    Thanks!

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BUNNY1965 8/9/2009 11:22PM

    AWESOME....thanks so much!


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PTEMPLETON 8/9/2009 10:23PM

    Thanks, I need all the instructions I can get at doing my sparks Page
emoticon I'm having enough problems remembering how I did what I just did

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MALEXANDER4 8/9/2009 7:42PM

    wonderful, thank you. spark is the greatest.

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MICHELE_L 8/9/2009 7:11PM

    Thank you very much! It's nice to know you're continuing to work to improve an already AWESOME site! emoticon

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OSPREY50 8/9/2009 4:22PM

  thanks

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DIGBOI 8/9/2009 3:31PM

    Thanks a bunch!!

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UFGATORTRACK 8/9/2009 2:55PM

    Thanks a ton - you really know how to "spark" a girl.... emoticon

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INDIANDANCER1 8/9/2009 2:11PM

  i have learned alot since joing sparkpeople, I found out about myself was in need of raising self esteem, these new icons will let me pat myself on the back and that is so great.

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INDIANDANCER1 8/9/2009 2:10PM

  i have learned alot since joing sparkpeople, I found out about myself was in need of raising self esteem, these new icons will let me pat myself on the back and that is so great.

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INDIANDANCER1 8/9/2009 2:09PM

  i have learned alot since joing sparkpeople, I found out about myself was in need of raising self esteem, these new icons will let me pat myself on the back and that is so great.

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MOCOLOCO 8/9/2009 12:22PM

    This is great! I love all the improvements you've been implementing. Thanks!!!

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MARTIMAG 8/9/2009 11:35AM

  I will be adding one of these icons soon.

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LAILAH444 8/9/2009 11:01AM

    thank you spark guy!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 8/9/2009 7:08AM

    Thanks for the new Success icons. We appreciate your listening to our feedback and acting upon it.

Thank you.

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MOTHERFROG1 8/9/2009 12:10AM

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GMRKITTY 8/8/2009 11:42PM

    LOOOOVE IT!!!!

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MARYALINE 8/8/2009 10:09PM

    Cool!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/8/2009 8:01PM

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ASHLEYX04 8/8/2009 6:14PM

  Woohoo! Thanks, SP!

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LATTE48 8/8/2009 9:33AM

  I love SP emoticon

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INEXCESS 8/8/2009 8:53AM

    Thanks for the new emoticons. If possible, I would like to see a "golfer" icon added to the fitness group.
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SIMPLYABUNDANT 8/8/2009 8:27AM

    emoticon You guys rock! I keep discovering things to love about SparkPeople!

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TJACK4011 8/8/2009 1:50AM

    Great news! Thank you. emoticon

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SHERRY822 8/8/2009 1:20AM

    Thank you. Just when I think Spark People can't get any better, you go and amaze me again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY822 8/8/2009 1:20AM

    Thank you. Just when I think Spark People can't get any better, you go and amaze me again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY822 8/8/2009 1:20AM

    Thank you. Just when I think Spark People can't get any better, you go and amaze me again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY822 8/8/2009 1:18AM

    Thank you. Just when I think Spark People can't get any better, you go and amaze me again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VPOLESKI 8/7/2009 10:03PM

    That is great! Thanks

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NEW: Videos and a Healthy Chef on SparkRecipes.com

Thursday, July 30, 2009



Recently, we unveiled a redesigned SparkRecipes.com to make it even easier for you to find and share healthful meal ideas. We've also been hard at work on a few more improvements to the site that we think you'll love.


One of the biggest problems people face when they embark on a journey to healthy living is cooking. Whether you never learned how to cook or just don't know how to lighten up your favorite foods, many people fear the kitchen.


With SparkRecipes.com, you can overcome that fear and cook healthful, affordable meals at home.


Introducing "Healthy Home Cooking with Chef Meg"

We have joined forces with Chef Meg Galvin of the Midwest Culinary Institute. (Visit her "Healthy Home Cooking with Chef Meg" page here!) Chef Meg is a World Master Chef and full-time chef instructor; a wife and mother of three preteen boys; and an avid runner. With a passion for healthy living that was sparked during childhood, Chef Meg knows how important it is to find time for fitness and healthful meals with her family.


Chef Meg grew up on a farm in Kentucky, eating food that went straight from the field or the pasture to the table. Today, she continues to provide fresh and healthy meals for her own family--and now yours, too.


She took some of your recipes and gave them a makeover and shared plenty of original, healthful recipes, too. To help you feel more comfortable in the kitchen, Chef Meg did a handful of how-to videos, with plenty more to come. She'll teach you basic cooking techniques and show you how to make healthful meals for your family.


Watch Chef Meg's intro video here.



You can find a link to all of Chef Meg's original and made-over recipes and her videos on the SparkRecipes homepage, in the bottom righthand corner. You can also visit her "Healthy Home Cooking with Chef Meg" page here!


We'd love to know what you think about this new feature, especially the cooking videos, so check them out and then leave us a comment below. Tell us what you liked, what you didn't like, and what you'd like to see in the future.

  
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KRZYKAT3 8/27/2009 11:50PM

    I was disappointed every time I check her recipes. They maybe low fat but the sodium content is still out of sight!

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MEYLOSE 8/24/2009 5:51PM

    OH YEAH, more good stufff from SP, THANKX

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IMTRUELYBLESSED 8/24/2009 5:24PM

    It's awesome. Will be spending allot of time with Meg.

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SEXYNAILS 8/24/2009 5:08PM

  emoticon I love new ideas

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TAFOOT1 8/18/2009 5:47PM

  This is the best think that has happened to this site yet! I love Chef Meg's approach...I'm always in the market for new ideas and new recipes. Thanks for this enhancement to an already wonderful site!
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P-KAY92 8/16/2009 11:26AM

    Wonderful, I love to cook and try different things. I will be visiting this a lot.
Thank you!

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NOMOREFAT24 8/13/2009 12:38AM

    Thanks! I love to cook and collect receipes. All the SparkReceipes I print out I've made a note book to keep them in and label it SparkReceipes. Their great, have even made some my husband otherwise wouldn't have ate but now he loves them. Thanks!

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JANICEAFARIAS 8/6/2009 3:12PM

  Awesome! emoticon

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DRADISCH 8/6/2009 11:37AM

    Many thanks Great!!

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KNICKGIRL 8/6/2009 11:34AM

    Thanks so much for the great resources. This site just gets better and better!

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FREE_CAL 8/6/2009 10:42AM

  I will be checking into Chef Meg's website for ideas.

Thanks for bringing her onboard.

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PEREZITZEL 8/5/2009 11:23PM

    Great!!! Can't beleive there is someone who actually helps us out for free!! and keeps getting better!!!

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SMILINGEYES2 8/5/2009 4:01PM

    Great idea. Thanks for adding this resource.

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OSITO69 8/5/2009 11:25AM

  i really like the idea that she took some of our recipes and did a makeover so they are healthier. thanks meg!

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THINAGIN2 8/5/2009 10:42AM

    This is a good idea! I know that I will be trying lots of these.

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CEKOIS52 8/4/2009 9:40PM

  Great idea!

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LYNDALLAS 8/4/2009 4:04PM

    I would like to find out if I can have a receipe checked for calories and nutrients and also show how to lighten it up.

This is great news about Chef Meg.

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FISHINGLADY66 8/4/2009 3:26PM

    emoticon emoticon I will be trying some of her recipes.

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GRIZ1GIRL 8/4/2009 12:13PM

    Thanks for the recipes update! Awesome!

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KRZYKAT3 8/3/2009 10:57PM

    ok, I like the idea of a chef. After strolling thorugh 6/8 of her rcipes I have not found one I would not have to remake to eat as is. WAY too much sodium for our house. We have heart patients who need to eat less than 2000 mg per day!

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BAMALAKEGIRL30 8/2/2009 10:34PM

    What a great and welcome resource. Its amazing how many different tools Sparkpeople offers. Now, there is no excuse not to be healthy......and it's free! I appreciate this website so much.

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SUSAN2009150 8/2/2009 2:23PM

    The how-do videos well people to learn how to cook better meals.

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BLUEBIRDOLLY 8/2/2009 2:57AM

    i read a few and i cant wait to try some. this was a great addition. Thanks

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PUDGERAIDER 8/1/2009 5:11PM

    Wow! That's really cool!

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ANDREA0301 8/1/2009 1:49PM

    Way cool! Thanks!

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MYCHARBEL 8/1/2009 10:43AM

    This is incredible!! THANK YOU! and Thank you Meg for joining with SPARKPEOPLE to help us out. You are amazing and a delight!
Peg

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MSPUDGE 8/1/2009 3:09AM

  This is an outstanding new tool! We have our very own chef! Thanks so much SP!
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MSPUDGE 8/1/2009 3:04AM

  This is an outstanding new tool! We have our very own chef! Thanks so much SP!
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OUBACHE 7/31/2009 9:38PM

    I agree. Sparkpeople keeps getting better and better. Every time I log on it seems I discover a new tool to help me with my struggle to lose weight and keep it off. Thanks!

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LIGHTHOUSE23 7/31/2009 9:16PM

    This is great! Thanks so much!!

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DIGBOI 7/31/2009 8:53PM

    Awesome!! I love those video clips

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DOOBRIE 7/31/2009 5:54PM

    The "how-to" videos are brilliant - looking forward to more.
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EAGLES54 7/31/2009 5:44PM

    I think this is awesome. A chef at our finger tips. I am truly looking forward to the "tweeked" recipes. I play around with recipes all the time since I am diabetic but this will be way cooler! Thanks a whole bunch.
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NO-41_RAZZYS_PL 7/31/2009 12:24PM

    Oh, Stepfanie, this is sooo AWESOME!! I've already got 2 sparkrecipe books, and a lot a' times I'll try to tweak em' in order to make em' lower cal, or no salt, etc., and NOW, we've got a sparkchef- how COOL is THAT?!! I think I'll go to Chef Meg's page from now on, and... hehe!! START another sparkrecipe book!! THANKS for all the hints/helps to make our life changes!! You are all the emoticon
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A*L*P* 7/31/2009 10:28AM

    Great!

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BUSYWIFEANDMOM 7/31/2009 9:10AM

    This is great! To now actually have a chef at our fingertips, too, with healthy recipes and tips will be so incredibly helpful in keeping the spark alive. Thank you!!!

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DEBJNC 7/31/2009 8:36AM

    This is a great addition to the recipes section. I love cooking shows and now I have one at my fingertips!! Thanks for adding this tool. As always, Sparkpeople just keeps helping to make my life better and better!

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BLUECAMEO 7/31/2009 7:17AM

    Thank you

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ILOVEROSES 7/31/2009 6:38AM

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FOOD_CRAZY 7/30/2009 10:41PM

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MYNAMEGOESHERE 7/30/2009 10:15PM

    I love it!
I have already saved a few of her recipes.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/30/2009 10:02PM

    Sounds great.

Thanks for all the good things you add to the site, SP.

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GODINMYHEART 7/30/2009 9:05PM

    Woohoo! Juust what we needed! Sparpeople, you rock!!!!!!!

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TOXICANGEL-NZ 7/30/2009 8:45PM

    Wow, WAY cool ! ! !

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YOWSER 7/30/2009 6:27PM

  WooHoo!

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ONE_TINY_LADY 7/30/2009 6:23PM

    This site keeps getting better and better!

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MORGANLAFEE 7/30/2009 4:37PM

    Thanks for the awesome site and the constant improving of it. Recipes is something we all struggle with and this is a great addition.

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REGAND1 7/30/2009 4:34PM

    Wow! This site just keeps getting better and better!

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Thanks for watching ET (and link to the story if you missed)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Hi Everyone

Thanks for watching the Entertainment Tonight story!

Responding to some comments from members who wished it was longer, here are a few thoughts about this:

1) Anytime we're able to get a positive story about SparkPeople in front of millions of viewers on such a great show - especially one that prominently shows the logo and URL - then we'll take it! This helps us continue to build momentum. So, we thank ET very much for covering the amazing story building here every day. They are "ahead of the curve" in understanding that something great is happening at SP.

2) This is one reason our book is soooooooooooo important to everything we're doing. If the book sells well, then EVERYTHING will change in terms of getting additional media coverage. We'll have so many people interested in covering SparkPeople that I won't be able to keep up. And of course, I'll want as many members as possible to join me and our team in this coverage. Bottom line, if the book sells well, we'll be spreading the spark to so many more people.

Here's a link to the ET story if you weren't able to see it (one fix on the text on their site - thousands sign up every day, not month):

www.etonline.com/news/2009/07/76746/index.html

SparkCheers and thanks for your support!

Chris (SparkGuy)

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CESAU5679 10/2/2009 10:36AM

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SDLOOP 9/3/2009 8:20PM

  it will probably take longer to air in NZ

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KINZIEZOO 8/24/2009 2:32PM

  Thanks for posting this!


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DCONCIDI 8/24/2009 8:00AM

    Aw I missed this too.

But yes, I agree, any exposure is great. Several people at work have now joined Sparks and we even had our own work group fitness challenge.



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VICIOUS421 8/23/2009 12:00AM

    Late seeing this but Awesome! Anytime anyone notices my weight loss I tell the Sparkpeople.com check it out. It is great seeing Sparkpeople getting media coverage. Congratulations and hope the book is the #1 best seller!

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BLINKYC209 8/22/2009 12:22AM

    Wow! I know I'm a little late seeing this, I just came back to SP not too long ago! It's wonderful to see this program getting exposure!

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CELTICCHRISTIAN 8/4/2009 7:10PM

    Thanks for the link, I don't have a TV and I enjoyed watching the online version.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/31/2009 9:11PM

    thanks so much for spark people. everyone should know about this site. i have been here since jan. was able to get off my heart medications. i got rid of my irregular heart beats. i eat healthier, i exercise one hour a day. i use your food tracker. made a lot of friends on my teams.i am happier and not as shy as i once was. thanks for the new improved me.i just wish more people learned about this site. and believe me i have been telling everyone i can every chance i can. thanks. emoticongod bless spark people.

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BOPCIAOF6 7/31/2009 12:51PM

    Sparkguy--you are great! The story disappointed me because it was a blip and then it was gone. You are right though, the more PR the better. I just hope it reached the hurting folks out there who feel there's no hope for them.
VA

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SPBECKIE2024 7/31/2009 9:38AM

  the story they did was great,i wished it could been longer

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LIFEHASCHANGES 7/31/2009 12:28AM

    Thanks for posting the link. I don't have cable TV. Sparkpeople is awesome. I am totally motivated by the whole system you guys have going. I have been learning a lot about how to be healthy and I have found that I don't have to deprive myself of carbs and I can still lose weight.
Take care!
Peace in Christ

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RSSSLHB 7/30/2009 6:28PM

    Thank you for posting emoticon

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RECOVERY_SEEKER 7/29/2009 10:10PM

    Thanks for posting the link. Good luck with the book. I hope you make tons of money to offset the costs of running such a awesome and greatly needed site.



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JULISABROCAR 7/29/2009 9:55PM

    the segment was WAY too short but I say any advertising for this great site is welcome!

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ESS8409 7/29/2009 2:53PM

    Sparkpeople.com has made a difference in my life and I am excited to see the spark spread!

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BREATHESPIXIE 7/29/2009 2:52PM

    Thanks for posting the link!

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SUNNYARIZONA 7/29/2009 2:04PM

    Unable to watch this video. Kept getting a commercial, and could not stop it. I have the ET program on my blog which works fine for me!

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BUSYMOM206 7/29/2009 11:55AM

    I am glad you posted it as I was working when it was on! Thanks!

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CURBEE 7/29/2009 11:30AM

    it was good to watch it again, your link seems to have more than what I saw last Thursday, so I'm glad I could see it again.
So when do we get to find out the name of the Olympian?

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BABSK1826 7/29/2009 1:47AM

    Maybe it was a minute, but they covered a lot! Barb

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BARBARII 7/28/2009 9:50PM

    Free primetime exposure is next to impossible to get, for any company/product! I think it's GREAT that Entertainment Tonight chose to include the segment on SparkPeople! emoticon

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CHOCOLATE1001 7/28/2009 7:07PM

  Where does the money for the book go?

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SISTERDEAR 7/28/2009 5:58PM

    I was hoping you would post this, as I also missed it. Thank so much!

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JOJO2348 7/28/2009 4:20PM

    Thanks for posting the link - I wanted to be sure and see it and forgot. Thanks again. GO SPARKS YEAH! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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JEANNEROBERTSON 7/28/2009 3:42PM

  The show was great but too quick! I am so glad they featured SP.

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MARIPOSAGALAXIA 7/28/2009 3:21PM

    Thanks for letting us be a part of this!!!! Every little bit counts:). I'm glad we aren't as seedy or taudry as the kinds of things that got more air time- if it takes being involved in Michael Jackson's death to get air time, then I'm glad we didn't get as much. I did think it was funny that they paired us with "More to Love," though.

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LILMAMA1908 7/28/2009 2:57PM

  Thank you for posting this clip. It just inspires me more to achieve my goal and lose the weight. Thank you so much for creting this site. I plan to stick with this site and I can'y wait to get the book

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BROOKE_1982 7/28/2009 2:40PM

    I am glad that you posted the link. I missed it and it was nice to see it. Thank you

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KEEPSAKES66 7/28/2009 2:29PM

    I am glad you posted the link, i missed it. Thanks for making this site- it has been a lifesaver for me. Due to the support and tools I have managed to stay on track longer than I ever have in my life. You are awsome!!! emoticon

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BMCTRB 7/28/2009 2:11PM

    Thanks for sharing - I missed the show. This clip should encourage many folks to join!

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IWANNABEE 7/28/2009 2:08PM

    T'was short but it t'was SWEET!!!

Thank you,
Jo emoticon

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CHAS1949 7/28/2009 1:14PM

    Thanks for posting this...I set my dvr to the day and time, but the day and time changed so I missed it. I'm glad I got to see it here, at least.

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SALTIIE 7/28/2009 12:29PM

  It was cooool!! Great job!!

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MEGANRIOT 7/28/2009 12:17PM

    Thanks for Sharing and Congrats!!!

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BOVEY63 7/28/2009 11:27AM

    Thank you for adding this to the site. I was watching ET and was called away shortly before this aired.
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TEXQUILTMAMA 7/28/2009 10:43AM

    Thanks , I missed it somehow , It was awesome and very truthful! This site means everything to me..It has helped me understand my weight problem and 72 lbs later, I am still working on it..This is the most I have ever lost..I love the comraderie on this site, it makes me feel good about myself to help others get started or to lift their day..I plan to stay on this site forever..

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AMILNEFLIP 7/28/2009 10:33AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I was bummed that I missed it. Congrats on another step towards spreading the spark!!! :)

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TICKLETECK 7/28/2009 10:03AM

    Thats awesome!!!! spread the spark.

Also I just wanted to say THANK YOU for making this site. Without it I wouldn't be doing this!! emoticon


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SONSHINE1948 7/28/2009 9:52AM

    You're getting the word out. A huge step towards a healthier America.

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LIFTRUNLAUGH 7/28/2009 9:33AM

    Woohoo. Yay for press coverage...I can't wait to get the book for myself and to give it as gifts!!

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KEEPITMOVING 7/28/2009 9:29AM

    i saw it when it aired and was thrilled that more national coverage is coming sp's well-deserved way. sp rocks my world!

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TIME4SINA 7/28/2009 8:53AM

    YAY! Thanks for sharing; I missed it.

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STEPHAM1 7/28/2009 8:32AM

    Wonderful - wonderful - wonderful!
Great job - now let's hope for great book sales and we can Spark this world into ACTION!


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KEISHAJACKSON 7/28/2009 8:32AM

    Where is the book? I want to bu a few and give them to people.

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RSSSLHB 7/28/2009 8:29AM

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AMASSEY2 7/27/2009 10:42PM

    I was so proud! I wish they had time to tell more!!!!!!

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CHEROKEE1946 7/27/2009 10:03PM

    Think it was great. Hope all of us can help spread the word.

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MRSAKINS2005 7/27/2009 9:38PM

    I apologize I had to work that night and missed it. I wish I could have seen it.

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PATTYS74 7/27/2009 4:35PM

    It was so cool to Sparkpeople on ET but I wish they had said more

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