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New SparkTeams Help Fight Economic Slump

Monday, December 22, 2008

Tough economic times make everything in life harder--including maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

Instead of dwelling on the negatives like bankruptcies, foreclosures, layoffs and cutbacks, SparkPeople is focusing on helping people maintain their healthy lifestyles and look to the future. We aren't trying to make light of the dour economic situation, but we are striving to be a ray of hope that can help people maintain a positive outlook.

SparkPeople has created two teams that will help you make lemonade from this lemon. Join the Beating the Recession Blues SparkTeam or the Laid Off But Staying Strong SparkTeam today.

Beating the Recession Blues

Money worries, job insecurity, high prices--all of these can make maintaining a healthy lifestyle harder than ever. You can let these worries and difficulties turn you into an emotional eater, sidetrack your exercise plans, and generally sabotage your weight loss or fitness efforts. Or you can use them to fine tune your healthy living skills and take your lifestyle to another level.

It's a lot easier to do this when you have some help and support--and when you know your own efforts can also help other people.

That's what this team is all about: sharing stories, tips, information, and strategies we can all use to solve problems, keep each other motivated, and reach our goals.

Laid Off But Staying Strong

Getting laid off, especially when it's unexpected or on short notice, can send shockwaves through every aspect of your life. The added stress of worrying about your finances and your future can make dealing with all your other responsibilities, goals, and projects (including weight loss and healthy living) quite a bit harder as well.

But this can also be a great opportunity to take stock of where you've been, where you are now, and where you want to go from here. It's an opportunity to establish clear priorities, set short- and long-term goals for yourself, and work out strategies for accomplishing those goals. The more you keep yourself looking ahead towards what you want, the more energy and creativity you'll have for making that happen.

For more information on these new teams and our other financial fitness resources, read this article.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHERI1969 12/28/2008 12:05AM

    These are great teams, but could one be created for people who don't work, but are supported by a pension of some sort? Many on here are either on seniors pensions, old age, social security, disability, etc. Could a team be made for this group as the ones for people with jobs will not apply to this mass group?


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TAZ675 12/26/2008 8:13AM


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KELSPRETTYGIRL 12/23/2008 3:12PM

    This is a great idea. Stress kills and causes cancer... so let's focus on the positive for sure!

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MARYANNE4403 12/22/2008 7:44PM

    those are GREAT teams, sure will help in the tough times that everyone is going through, you guys/girls are AWESOME here at spark people

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KIMUSH23 12/22/2008 6:37PM

    Great ideas!

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MEDIMAMA 12/22/2008 5:09PM

You guys are a Godsend!

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CARLI_MAE 12/22/2008 5:03PM

    Great idea!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/22/2008 4:47PM

    This is wonderful, so many are having hard times right now. Thank you.

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SASSY_QUEEN 12/22/2008 4:00PM

    This is another great idea...I am so inspired by your thoughtfulness.....Jo

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NJMYERSFAMILY 12/22/2008 3:41PM

    You guys think of everything! Thanks for all you do to help us live healthy lives!

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BEEJAY49 12/22/2008 3:34PM

    Although things are going well in my home, I think it's wonderful that you're starting these teams to help people! :)

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