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SparkPeople.com, America’s #1 Weight-Loss Website Has #1 Bestselling Book

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Good morning, SparkPeople! We have some BIG updates about our new book, The Spark that we wanted to share with you—and the world. So, we created this press release, which you can also read below, to share the news. Please look for another update and personal message from SparkGuy in tomorrow's Weekly Spark email, too!

SparkPeople.com, America’s #1 Weight-Loss Website Has #1 Bestselling Book

Wall Street Journal, Nielsen BookScan and Walmart.com rankings highlight the quiet phenomenon in American weight-loss


Cincinnati, January 8, 2010 - SparkPeople.com, the most active weight loss and fitness website in America, is pleased to announce several publishing milestones for The Spark, a new book from Hay House written by SparkPeople founder and CEO, Chris Downie. For the week ending January 2, The Spark was the #1 self-help book and the only weight-loss book on The Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers List in the hardcover nonfiction category, in which The Spark was ranked 7th overall. The Spark ranked #1 in sales of all hardcover nonfiction weight-loss books tracked by Nielsen BookScan (the authoritative sales data provider for the publishing industry and the basis for the Wall Street Journal bestseller lists), outselling its nearest competitor by more than two-to-one.

In addition, The Spark has ranked #1 among all books – paperback and hardcover, fiction and non-fiction – on Walmart.com’s daily Top 50 New Releases list since the book was published on December 29. Just prior to publication, The Spark hit #1 on the pre-orders lists of amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com (bn.com), and walmart.com.

SparkPeople.com, which is free to join, is America's second-largest consumer health website after WebMD based on comScore’s page views engagement metric. SparkPeople averages over four million unique visitors, 12 million visits and 100 million page views a month. With members in more than 100 countries, SparkPeople, an employee-owned company whose only outside investor is AOL co-founder Steve Case, is experiencing viral growth. It is attracting 175,000 new members a month with its breakthrough formula that combines goal setting, nutrition, exercise, motivation, and social networking within America’s largest weight loss and fitness online community. SparkPeople members have been featured by numerous national media outlets, including the "Today" show, "Entertainment Tonight," PEOPLE magazine and Good Housekeeping, which has an excerpt of The Spark in its February issue, on newsstands next week.

“We believe the strong sales of The Spark reflect the passion of the SparkPeople community and the fact that, like SparkPeople, the book is fundamentally different from other approaches to weight loss,” said Downie. “Of all the major weight loss books this season, The Spark is virtually the only one that is not just about what to eat. The Spark provides the most effective, medically proven and flexible meal plan for losing weight available anywhere. But we all know that just knowing what to eat means nothing if you can’t stay motivated. And it just won’t stick if it’s too hard to incorporate into our real lives.”

Downie continued, “As The Spark explains, by blending the science of nutrition and fitness with the science of motivation with the power of online social networking, SparkPeople is reinventing weight loss in America and sparking countless lives. Millions of people are freeing themselves from the over-promising, all-or-nothing, unsustainable diets that set them up for failure and yo-yo weight swings. They are embracing a weight-loss and healthy lifestyle system that breeds confidence, success and momentum by starting with manageable changes, makes weight loss fun and energizing, and turns it into a springboard for achieving other goals that change lives, not just waistlines.

“I couldn’t be more grateful to our members for helping make The Spark a #1 bestseller, and even more importantly, for making such a positive difference in one another’s lives every day,” Downie concluded. “These milestones belong to them and the amazing 25 employees who have made SparkPeople the quiet phenomenon in American weight loss.”

The Spark includes:
  • A 28-day program that distills the most effective, medically accepted nutrition and fitness practices from SparkPeople into an innovative four-stage, four-week program available only in the book
  • The 27 “secrets to success” that thousands of successful SparkPeople members have used to reach their goals
  • SparkPeople member success stories that offer an honest and inspiring look at weight-loss – with all of its ups and downs – from those who have lost anywhere from 2 to 200 pounds
  • A fully illustrated workout program created by SparkPeople’s certified fitness trainer, Coach Nicole
  • A stunning 16-page color insert featuring before-and-after photos and the stories of some of SparkPeople’s dedicated members
  • A step-by-step, mix-and-match food plan that teaches how to combine foods into delicious recipes that don’t prompt feelings of hunger or deprivation
  • The story of Downie’s personal struggle with severe social anxiety, which he overcame in his 20s by accidentally discovering what evolved into the cornerstones of the SparkPeople system

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LUCILLEBALL5727 4/11/2011 10:17PM

  where can i get my copy of the spark book

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UTIMPMA 2/17/2011 1:46PM

  How come Sugar is not one of the "nutrients" I can track on a daily basis?

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ANNA00001 12/8/2010 9:39PM

  hi you,
i need your help to lose weight...

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CLIMBNRUN 2/5/2010 2:12PM

  sweet sweet sweet! goooooo SparkPeople!

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TENACIOUSTRISH 1/26/2010 6:24AM

    How exciting to be part of a wonderful thing...I love the book and I have sent all my friends the link to download the first chapter. Keep on Sparkin! Trish emoticon emoticon

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FITVALGAL 1/21/2010 2:40PM

    FYI: "Selected Titles Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off -- Offer valid through February 1, 2010, in stores and on Borders.com" -- The Spark is included on page 3 and here's the link:
http://www.borders.com/onl
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WONDERTURTLE 1/21/2010 8:53AM

  Congratulations!

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MEGSFITNESS 1/21/2010 8:41AM

    I'm 1/2 way through reading emoticon and I love it!

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COOKNRAND 1/19/2010 8:21AM

  I am waiting for MY SPARK to arrive,at first I logged in for the Journal, and after the support and free pages read I got the book ordered, thinking this is the "SPARK" I needed to get back on track! emoticon Thank You

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GYPSY2010 1/16/2010 12:34AM

  I just purchased the "The Spark" today and I am already feeling the motivation after only reading 2 chapters. Thank You!! emoticon

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ALLYSON0121 1/15/2010 8:48PM

    just bought it cant wait to get started emoticon emoticon
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MSSIS2 1/15/2010 2:11PM

    Thank you again, I have read the introduction and 1st chapter and excited to continue. Keep up the good work and congratulations to you and the team. emoticon

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FERRET-EYES 1/15/2010 12:39AM

    Thank you again, Chris Downey.
I am loving The Spark. I'd like to get dozens of them...and pass them out to everyone i know. congrats!

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MMARE2013 1/14/2010 12:45PM

    Great Book!

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TRAVELRN 1/13/2010 8:20PM

    Love the book! emoticon

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SEVENKITTY 1/13/2010 12:26PM

  Yay SP! emoticon

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GSPEIRS 1/13/2010 11:12AM

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Got my book last week, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.
Looking forward to reading it!


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FISHINGLADY66 1/13/2010 10:08AM

    emoticon Congratulations Chris. You have done a emoticon job.
I love "The Spark". I am so thankful to be a Spark Member.

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NEWMARIA2010 1/13/2010 9:56AM

    I just ordered the book in Amazon.com! The reviews are amazing, not one bad review so I have to read this book and see for myself what all the hype is about. I am sure it is a motivating book filled with tools to help me achieve my weight loss goals! Can't wait to get it!
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RJANEWWAY 1/13/2010 7:20AM

    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 1/13/2010 2:24AM

    Congratulations Chris. You earned this!

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ZANQUETTA 1/13/2010 1:08AM

  Congratulations!

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MRSFREE11 1/12/2010 11:27PM

  got my book on order

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JAM135 1/12/2010 11:20PM

    I Like the book, in the process of reading it!!!!!!!!!

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NICOLEBA47 1/12/2010 10:56PM

    emoticon blog

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SHAY72 1/12/2010 10:55PM

    great book, i pre-oredered & have been enjoy reading it.

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NICKUMS 1/12/2010 8:39PM

  Congratulations! It's a great accomplishment and a great book.

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GLAD2BME2 1/12/2010 8:01PM

    I finally got mine from Walmart in the mail, so I will start this weekend!

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2BEEFIT 1/12/2010 6:10PM

    I have the book, just need to READ it! :)

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LINDA6105 1/12/2010 4:50PM

    As I'm reading "The Spark" a quote comes to mind that I think sums it up quite nicely.

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant,
there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. "

~Johann Gottfried Von Herder~


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LINDA6105 1/12/2010 4:50PM

    As I'm reading "The Spark" a quote comes to mind that I think sums it up quite nicely.

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant,
there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks. "

~Johann Gottfried Von Herder~


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    emoticon emoticon This is Awesome! emoticon emoticon

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BERGIE8771 1/12/2010 2:07PM

    I am really enjoying the book, have finished the first 6 chapters. Woo Hoo!

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BABYLOSTBACK 1/12/2010 12:44PM

    Didn't mean for it to post so many times, musta been a comp glitch! Sorry

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ANDREA963 1/12/2010 10:48AM

    Congratulations Sparkguy! You're reaching and extending your goals. Love the site.

Thank you!

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SKEMERICH 1/12/2010 10:36AM

    Sparkpeople is the best thing to Happen since sliced bread! You totally deserved this...WE (as an online community) totally deserved this! Thank you for everything! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/12/2010 9:46AM

    emoticon to all involved and emoticon ..........What an awesome job you do helping us to make new and healthy lifestyle changes. emoticon

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 1/12/2010 9:32AM

    I pre- ordered THE Spark after the Convention on Amazon, go the book released right now life is crazy and I couldn't sit down and read it so I went back on Amazon.com and ordered the Audio book and I have been loving it-- thank you so much for all you have done to change my life, my husbands life, my kids life's, and everyone that I have touched-- you are an amazing man and I can't thank you enough for everything.

Love,
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ANNIE_1015 1/12/2010 8:48AM

  I love the book - especially how you write from a personal perspective!!!!

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FINZFANATIC 1/12/2010 7:55AM

    W-O-W! That's incredible! I'm on week 2 and I'm so happy I am part of SparkPeople... Coming together, sharing together, working together, succeeding together. We owe it all to you, SparkGuyandTeam, so THANKS!
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