One of the biggest and most important"Show Your Spark" Weekends is coming this January 22nd- 24th, 2010. This is your chance to show others that you're part of a worldwide movement in fitness, nutrition and healthy living!
As many of you know, one of the biggest reasons that SparkPeople is free is because our members do such an amazing job of Spreading the Spark! This allows us to keep our costs low and keep resources focused on making the site better for you and your friends. That's why we encourage you to tell others about SparkPeople. Show Your Spark Weekend is an easy way to get the word out and find even more SparkFriends to share your journey.
So, why is this one of the most important Show You Spark Weekends – because we are trying to get on the New York Times Bestsellers List and you can help! We are holding a Show Your Spark Book Club Weekend as well as a contest to have Chris "SparkGuy" Downie call into your local book club!
We are currently developing a bonus book site that will hold all the details needed to host your very own book club that weekend, but we wanted to provide a "Save the Date" post so people can begin to plan ahead! More details will be posted soon, but below are details on the contest.
SparkPeople will hold a STS Book Club Weekend January 22nd-24th, 2010
SparkRallies posted for this weekend only will be entered into a drawing to have Chris “SparkGuy” Downie call into their book club meeting or SparkRally
For more Spread the Spark ideas, visit this page. And to Show Your Spark every day of the year, check out our branded products and apparel at SparkPeopleStore.com. We hope that we can count on you to Show Your Spark this January 22nd- 24th, 2010. As always, thank YOU for making SparkPeople such a positive place!
Today we launched a new feature: SparkTrophies. Previously, members could earn trophies by accumulating SparkPoints. Beginning today, members can earn a variety of trophies for reaching new milestones such as SparkVersaries (your anniversary of joining the site), being a Trivia leader, and losing weight! Here's a list of the new motivational trophies you can earn on the site:
Spread the Spark* Awarded for referring at least 5 people to SparkPeople in a month (only given once a month)
Fitness minutes* Awarded for logging at least 1,000 fitness minutes in a month (only given once a month)
SparkPoints* Awarded for earning at least 500 SparkPoints in a month (only given once a month)
SparkPeople Trivia leader Awarded for answering at least 30 trivia questions and getting at least 90% correct
Consistency Awarded for spinning the SparkPoints wheel during the month. There are two levels for this award: one for spinning at least 20 times/month and another for spinning every day of the month
Popular blog post Awarded when one of your blog posts becomes "popular" due to other members' votes (see a list of popular blog posts)
Weight loss Select your own trophy based on your weight loss progress
SparkVersary Select your own trophy to celebrate when you joined SparkPeople
Community Team Awarded for joining the Community Team
*These trophies are given at the beginning of each month for the previous month's accomplishments.
Trophies will be displayed on your SparkPage and you'll be notified by email each time you earn a new trophy. To learn more about how SparkTrophies work, please read this article.
We hope you enjoy earning SparkTrophies and find them to be fun and motivational as you continue on your healthy lifestyle adventure!
Thanksgiving is almost here, and the winter holidays follow closely behind. While most people write off the holidays as a time when healthy living is impossible, that's not the case!
Before you panic, remember that SparkPeople is here for you! We know that holidays are challenging times for our members.
With all the parties, food, shopping, decorating, and volunteering associated with them, it becomes even harder to exercise, eat right (without going overboard), and stay healthy. So we've created a special newsletter that will help you stay on track, make good choices, slim down your holiday recipes, and squeeze in fitness during the holiday season. Beginning Saturday, subscribers to the "Best of SparkPeople" daily newsletter will receive a supplemental "Healthy Holidays" newsletter. Starting Nov. 21, and running for seven weeks, each newsletter will be full of healthy recipes, holiday-specific strategies and more! Click here to change your email settings so you can get this great newsletter.
(Note: You must subscribe to "Best of SparkPeople" in order to receive these holiday issues. When making subscription changes, be sure to click the "Save & Submit" button at the bottom of the page.)
In addition, we wanted to let you know that SparkPeople's "12 Days of Holiday Cookies" recipes are coming soon! (We've got NEW recipes this year!) Subscribers to SparkPeople's "Recipe of the Day" email newsletter will receive one new cookie or dessert recipe each day, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1. What a delicious way to get ready for the holidays!
If you don't currently subscribe to the "Recipe of the Day" newsletter but would like to receive the "12 Days of Holiday Cookies" recipes, click here to change your email settings. (Note: You must subscribe to "Recipe of the Day" in order to receive these holiday issues. When making subscription changes, be sure to click the "Save & Submit" button at the bottom of the page.)
And be sure to stay tuned to SparkPeople.com, The Weekly Spark newsletter, and our healthy lifestyle blog dailySpark.com in the coming weeks for even more NEW and useful nutrition, fitness and wellness tips for the holidays.
If you don't currently subscribe to the "Best of SparkPeople" newsletter but would like to receive the "Healthy Holidays" supplement, click here to change your email settings. (Note: You must subscribe to "Best of SparkPeople Daily" in order to receive the special "Healthy Holidays" issues. When making subscription changes, be sure to click the "Save & Submit" button at the bottom of the page.)
And be sure to stay tuned to SparkPeople.com, The Weekly Spark newsletter, and our blog site dailySpark.com in the coming weeks for even more NEW and useful nutrition, fitness and wellness tips for the holidays.
We know that many members enjoy exercising and getting active by using the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit. We have received many inquiries about how to track these exercises on the site, but until now, we didn't have any data available about the calories burned for these activities.
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has published two research studies about the fitness benefits of various Wii activities, and these studies also included the average calories burned based on study participants. Now that this information is available, we have added several Wii and Wii Fit activities to our cardio tracker so that members can estimate how many calories they burn. You'll now be able to track and estimate your calorie burn more accurately for 11 Wii (baseball, bowling, boxing, golf and tennis) and Wii Fit (advanced step, free run, free step, island run, rhythm boxing and super hula hoop) exercises, thanks to this recent research.
To estimate your calorie burn and/or add these activities to your Fitness Tracker, simply click the "Add Cardio" button and perform a search for "Wii" or "Wii Fit." Enter the number of minutes you performed the exercise and then "Show Calories Burned" or "Add Exercise." It's that simple!
If you'd like to review the studies conducted by ACE, you can download the PDFs from ACE by clicking the links below. Please note that you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open these documents. We recommend reading these links for more information about using a Wii for fitness. Wii Fit study Wii study
We hope you enjoy this update to the SparkPeople Fitness Tracker!
"My Tech Guy" Doug Delony of My Fox Houston recently did a great news segment featuring SparkPeople.com! You can view the video below or click here to view it on the Fox Houston website.
If you'd like to help us Spread the Spark, this is a great video you can share with your friends and family members to help them learn a little more about SparkPeople. Simply click "Share This Post with Others" below. Thanks for your support!