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2 New Features - Enhanced Weigh-In Page & Dining Out Guide

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hi everyone, we launched 2 new features today that we think you will like!

Enhanced Weigh-In and Measurements Page
While many of our members look a lot at the scale to measure their progress, many also like to watch their progress in other ways such as energy level, body measurements, or fitness levels. We have set up a number of other types of things you can track, with information on how to track and levels to try to reach. In addition, we have made it so that for some goals you can track progress more than one time a day. This has been a common request from members who track their blood sugar throughout the day! To see these changes go to your Weigh In page and click Add/Change Measurements.

Dining Out Guide
When eating healthy a common challenge is making the right choices when eating away from home. Our Dining Out Guide can help! We have a list of the most popular restaurant chains, and tips from SparkPeople for eating at each chain. Plus, we allow members to submit their favorite "Healthy Finds" from these restaurants, and for other members to vote for items they feel are healthy as well. You can find this feature under Healthy Lifestyle, then Nutrition, then in the center column of the Nutrition page.

UPDATE: There was a problem after this launched with weight loss tickers not updating. This was fixed on Thursday the 25th at around 10:30 AM EST, so if you track again it will update your ticker. Thanks for the comments about this issue!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    I had looked for a way to track my blood glucose levels and didn't find it. But later I searched and found an article with a link to the weigh-in page. Perfect! But how do I get there directly? I can't find it on the menu anywhere. I've put a bookmark in my browser, but is there anything on the sparkpeople site?

(Later) Um, ok, right on the START page, which is the first item under MY TOOLS. I thought START was a tool for initial setup, but I guess it's really the HOME page. So now, I have IT bookmarked in my browser! Thanks for a great site.

Comment edited on: 7/30/2009 1:34:00 AM

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JANNA_09 7/27/2009 2:44PM

  . emoticon giving us another tool to help us along the way to a healthier life. emoticon

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CKAYTHOMAS 7/26/2009 9:11PM

    I use the dining out guide. It is a great asset. I also use to get the nutritional value for menu items. It has been a great help

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LINZIHODGES 7/15/2009 11:52AM

    awesome! i didnt know there was a dining out guide but once i checked it out i love it!

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SHAWNA1000 7/12/2009 8:57PM

    The dining guide is so helpful - thank you!!!! emoticon

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PRENDERGASTM 7/12/2009 2:13PM

    Thank you for adding the helpful dining out guide

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DTOUR478 7/9/2009 11:31AM

  Thank you for adding the helpful dining out guide. emoticon

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MISSM0929 7/5/2009 8:30PM

    The Dining Out Guide is absolutely the BEST!!!!! Thank you so much for adding this feature.

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BUTTONS973 7/3/2009 10:59AM

    Wow!! I did not know these features were added. I've been writing my measurements down, but now i can log on here like i do the others. Thank you so much!! emoticon

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SHERRY032973 6/30/2009 11:41PM

  I never realized some of the choices I was making was soooo wrong! This was very useful in raising my awareness. It sure will make things easier now. emoticon

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BRANUBODY08 6/30/2009 11:14PM

    You guys are so awesome! Thank you doesn't do justice for how grateful I am for this entire site. And to think I'm still working on being consistent with my logging?! Yet the little that I have done has helped raise my awareness and committment so much!

The Enhanced Weigh In feature is great!

Thanks Again!


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KARIMU1 6/30/2009 10:15PM

    I'm so happy to be a part of SP! Do you realize that you are helping to save my life?
All I can say is "Im GRATEFUL", Thank You! God Bless all involved.................. emoticon emoticon

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NANNYJAN 6/30/2009 11:47AM

    Thank you so much for the dining out guide. I was trying to figure out how to put it under my quick links and couldn't so I hope it just stays where it is so I can refer to it often.

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CLOE_NICLIFTAR 6/30/2009 10:10AM

  Thanks! This is a great help!

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NANA2PAK 6/29/2009 12:08PM

  I am a newbie and this site has already given me SO much help & encouragement. I have only been on for one week and have lost 3 pounds, have worked out 5 times this week.

The dining out guide is THE BEST!!!!

Blessings. emoticon

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123JAZZY 6/29/2009 11:42AM

    This site is so awesome!!!
I paid to belong to a site that had 1/10th the features and couldn't use the exercises there because of MS. Now, I found this wonderful place & feel totally blessed that it's free and just what I needed. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHUBBETTE33 6/28/2009 11:20AM

  I love this web site. It just gets better and better every day. What a great group of people. Thanks for all of your work and inspiration. emoticon

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MARTHA6163 6/28/2009 7:44AM

    You're awesome

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NGREAR 6/28/2009 7:02AM

  Thanks for the new features. I read about the fitness tests last week and was wishing there was a place to track that information -- and here it is! Thanks for helping take more care of ourselves. emoticon

Comment edited on: 6/28/2009 7:03:48 AM

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WELLNESSME09 6/26/2009 2:32PM

    Great job!! you SP team are always willing and ready to make changes...that's why I'm so happy to have found this sight and be part of it. Thanks so much!!! emoticon emoticon

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ALIGIRL115 6/26/2009 12:22PM

    Awesome additions! I reached a major milestone today that I thought I'd never reach, but with the great tools and people here, I've made it! Thanks for all the great information and tools available to us and the additions and improvements!! The dining out guide is especially helpful! Thank you Sparkpeople!! I'm glad I found you! emoticon

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DIAMONDP1 6/26/2009 10:10AM

    I am new to this site. It is awesome. I am finding more and more tools - this is really a sweet site

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KAJAGAIN 6/26/2009 10:04AM

    Love the ability to track my Blood Glucose as I have been doing it in the Notes under Nutrition. Would it be possible for both the BG and blood pressure tracking to put a comment area for things that may have affected the results, i.e. birthday party, stressors, lack of sleep, illness. Thanks again for such a great tool. emoticon

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HOTTIEMAMA1234 6/26/2009 12:56AM

    Thanks sparkpeeps! Now I can print out for my RD and stop doing those individual logs with my blood sugars...I know my medical support team will love this....Thanks again

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DEBWA1WOK 6/25/2009 3:47PM

    I like the latest improvements,but.............some of us don't measure the same on the right and left side of our body. I have a 4" difference between my R & L knee. Could you add R&L to some of the measured spots? Also could you put "custom" under each section instead of in it's own section so when it tracks on a report things are all in the same place. And finally,when you do customize allow it to choose day, week, or month, instead of just that line.
I agree with others on the part that blood sugars need to have a place under each meal to fill in. It's required by some to take a reading before and after each meal. It would be quite helpful to the medical advisors to know what foods were eaten when the numbers changed.
I know you'll be working on these improvements and I thank you again for caring enough to do your very best. ROCKS!! emoticon

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IBHLKING 6/25/2009 11:53AM

    I am planning a lunch out tomorrow and the dining out guige was a huge help in letting me see which places I can choose, knowing that I can find something healthy to eat.

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NTANELSON 6/25/2009 11:36AM

    I appreciate the new features. I am loving SP and making progress!

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RLFRYKMAN 6/25/2009 11:11AM

    I'm new but am really enjoying learning everything. I just love the weigh in page and all it's features. But can someone explain or tell me where to go to learn about the ticker? Thanks
for everything on the site.

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JENNICOLLEEN 6/25/2009 10:34AM

    I'm also enjoying the new features but my ticker is also not updating so hopefully that gets addressed. Thanks for being a GREAT SITE!

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LEAVNTHEW8BHIND 6/25/2009 10:04AM

    Great job on the new features - keep it up!

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BENZA811 6/25/2009 9:34AM

    Thanks so much for the new addition. SparkPeople just keeps getting better.



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KARVY09 6/25/2009 9:29AM

    While I love these updates, I found that my weight ticker is not automatically updating when I change my weight at my weigh-in. Is this because of the new changes?

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FRAN_CVLRN 6/25/2009 9:12AM

    Spark just keeps getting better and better! Thanks for your continued hard work in keeping this site so useful and fresh!

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CHACHA63 6/25/2009 8:48AM

    the dining out guide is a very good idea and will be helpful. thabks

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MUSLIMAH1949 6/25/2009 8:02AM

    I want to say thank you also and I agree with dave. It will make it so easy when one goes to the doct to remember what you did when

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SONSHINE1948 6/25/2009 7:43AM

    Thanks so much for the new addition. SparkPeople just keeps getting better with all the new innovative ideas!

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ANNISSAMARIE 6/25/2009 7:34AM

    Thank you so much for the enhancements! I'm fairly new to SP but enjoy exploring through the different features. Thanks for making my weightloss journey easier.

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RSTAGG 6/25/2009 6:42AM

    Thank you so much for the enhancements. As a member of the Managing Diabetes team, I have been tracking my Fasting blood sugars on the weigh-in page. It is nice to know that I can now track my blood sugars throughout the day.

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LINDAANNE2 6/25/2009 6:11AM

    Thank you. I have noticed my weight ticker does not move.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 6/25/2009 2:18AM

    This is fantastic, thank you. Many of our Team Members will really appreciate this.

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DNAGER 6/24/2009 11:47PM

    Thanks for being able to track multiple blood sugar levels in a day but we need a comment field by each blood sugar level so we can input what meds or insulind we took after that reading.

Thanks Again


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TRACYMC8 6/24/2009 11:36PM

    I really appreciate the new measurements (I had them in manually) as well as the Wellness boxes to tick - great idea.

I'd also like to see a way for women who are menstruating to track that too... it definitely makes a difference in eating habits and measurements. Plus, if we saw our data on a graph over time, we can forgive ourselves a little more readily when we fall off the wagon "around that time."

Thanks again,

Comment edited on: 6/24/2009 11:38:52 PM

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LINDAGAGS 6/24/2009 10:04PM

    I input my blood sugar numbers, but the report is not really helpful. Is there a way we could get a more detailed graph, or possibly a printout with dates, times & numbers listed? It would be really appreciated. Linda

Comment edited on: 6/24/2009 10:05:07 PM

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SUZI_B 6/24/2009 9:30PM

    That's great!

I'm new, so reading this prompted me to make my first visit to the Weigh In/Measurements page. While most of what I saw will be really helpful, I was surprised that there wasn't an option for bust measurement. I did add it under "Custom," however the only choices for frequency are Once a Day, 1-5 Scale, and Multiple Times a Day. No Weekly or Monthly option. I'm interested in tracking changes in my bust, but not *that* interested ;)

Comment edited on: 6/24/2009 9:31:15 PM

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LORRAINE_D 6/24/2009 9:29PM

    You are making SparkPeople from great to greater. Thanks. It is appreciated.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/24/2009 9:15PM

    Thanks for all the great features you keep adding. It is much appreciated.

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    I like it but I would also like to see that once we write down our blood sugar numbers that we can later put these numbers on a line graph. My doctor likes that I record my numbers in the journal but he would like to see these numbers on a line graph.

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NEWDAYNEWME38 6/24/2009 9:07PM

    Restaurant Guide = AWESOME!! emoticon

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ASHLEYNICOLE25 6/24/2009 8:56PM

    Awesome!!! Thanks SPARK for enhancing my tools for success!!

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