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A Message from SparkGuy: Announcing the Launch of SparkAmerica


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Monday, August 02, 2010

Hello SparkPeople Members!

I'm excited to share with you the launch of an exciting new program and website called SparkAmerica! Here is the official announcement page, but I wanted to share some thoughts with you here as well.

SparkAmerica is a new campaign that has many fun and exciting aspects.

First, SparkAmerica is a great way to motivate YOU to stay on track to reach your goals. It emphasizes taking consistent, small actions that make a big difference, such as doing 10 minutes of daily fitness and earning SparkPoints on the site. We have seen these types of activities change so many lives over the years. Several years ago, we created an online program in our hometown called SparkCincinnati that was similar to this. It was a hit around the city and we have always wanted to take this program national (and eventually global). Now is the time for SparkAmerica!

Second, SparkAmerica is a great new way to Spread the Spark to everyone you know. Our number one source of new members is current members who spread the spark. But we know that many members feel uncomfortable talking about weight loss with their friends. SparkAmerica changes all of this since it is a new site that is geared toward everyoneónot just people who might be interested in losing weight. So, itís a great way for you to help your friends, family and co-workers reach their goals.

Third, SparkAmerica is an opportunity for all of us to work together to make a major impact on the lives of Americansóand eventually people around the world! It's a great example of what we see on the site every day: members reaching their own goals, supporting and motivating each other, and then Spreading the Spark to more people. Imagine if we're able to do this on an even larger scale!

SparkAmerica will be integrated into your current SparkPeople experience. We're rolling this out slowly and will add more references to SparkAmerica on the SparkPeople website (like on the Fitness Tracking page, for example). You can also visit www.SparkAmerica.com and share it with your friends.

Since SparkAmerica is such an exciting program, several major partners have already signed on to help participate in this campaign. YOUR participation and enthusiasm will make it even easier for us to continue to partner with even more great organizations. This could even turn into a great way for us to feature SparkPeople members in major media stories about SparkAmerica and SparkPeople. Who knows, eventually we could even have a TV show or special that grows out of this concept! I know all of this is possible because of the excitement I see on the site every day.

Please let me know your thoughts below.

Thanks for your support. I appreciate it. SparkCheers!

Chris "SparkGuy" Downie

P.S. For our members outside the United States, our goal is to eventually add this program for more countries as well. The more members and tracking we get from other countries, the easier it will be to work with possible partners in those countries to turn this into a big program for our international members.
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JAE_HENNINGTON 9/30/2012 8:46AM

  I am going to check it out..thanks for all you do for us and America

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STESSEDOUT27 7/24/2012 6:07AM

    I'll have to check it out however I do want to say thanks for all the hard work you have put in on the sight! It is awesome and I got six new people to join just yesterday and The came from other weight loss sites and agree that This on is the best!!!!!! I agree!!! emoticon

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SHAPNUP 1/30/2011 11:51AM

    This sounds like a fantastic opportunity for the whole world to pay it forward to each other! I love it. Spark On!

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MARKKI 9/27/2010 1:16AM

    Thank you for all the work that you all have done! I love the fact that I now can track all my food eaten on my Andraid phone! OMG that is so great!

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MSSIS2 9/15/2010 1:32PM

    Thanks for providing us with new and different information and keeping it informative.


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CKAYTHOMAS 9/11/2010 11:44PM

    I'll have to check it out.

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SHELLY-ELLY 9/11/2010 4:28PM

    Thank you SparkGuy for the great work you and your staff have done on these sites. These are a great motivational way to work towards having a healthier happier life. A great way to work towards losing weight, to be healthier, happier and feeling better about yourself. I love the support you get of other members on here as well. This is so beneficial and extends to more people which is more help and support you get than trying to do this on your own. No matter the age, gender or race, we are all here for the same reasons and that makes it that much more encouraging to be able to help each other out. Thanks again for all you all do and I'm looking forward to the new up and coming changes to the sites that sound so awesome!Thanks again,
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ALISPARKY 9/11/2010 9:13AM

    Hey SparkGuy,

Just a note to say thanks for all your good work on SparkPeople and now with SparkAmerica. It's phenominal the impact you have made, and the spirit behind it shows.

Again, many thanks.

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SUGARBABY60 9/11/2010 4:33AM

    Thank you for all the hard work your team does to keep spark up and running for all of us . I love this site and it has been so helpful in motivating me to stay with the program. I have met so many new friends here too and thanks for that too Your hard work and Vision is so much appreciated . A big hug to all involved in this endeavor. Yea Spark People!!! emoticon emoticon

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WENDYF3 9/11/2010 2:14AM

  i think this is a very good site

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MARTHAWILL 9/10/2010 7:11PM

    Going to check it out for sure. Sparks already has so many awesome options and helpful tools.
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MAMAENUFF 9/10/2010 4:43PM

    Sounds great, I'll check it out.

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EARTHBLING 9/10/2010 1:38PM

  This will be a great resource for health care professionals whose patients may need extra support.

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CHELLEBD 9/10/2010 11:16AM

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GLOFRY1 9/10/2010 10:38AM

    This sounds really good. I have a question. Since I'm already a SparkPeople member and log in all my info there, would I still have to log in the same info on SparkAmerica? I know you wrote that SparkAmerica will be integrated into our current SparkPeople experience. Can you explain how that will happen?

Thanks so much for all your efforts on the behalf of so many.

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DENI_ZEN 9/10/2010 9:52AM

    A great development for everybody who wants to Spark their weight/fitness- and non/weight/fitness goals in life - and who doesn't?? - Sandi emoticon

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SMB19191405 9/10/2010 8:23AM

    Sounds like a great idea!

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CARLARCO 9/10/2010 8:00AM

  Great News!

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NANCYRUBIO 8/25/2010 12:01PM

    Thanks for the blogs. They are information and keep us up to date on SP. I really appeciate them.

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HONEYBEE56 8/25/2010 11:12AM

    Thank you so much for caring and being so willing to help so many people.

God bless you!

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B_HORTON 8/23/2010 11:29PM

    Love it, Chris!!!

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KARENENESPANA 8/23/2010 9:21PM

    I live in Spain and I love the idea of Sparking in Spain! emoticon

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JANICEBISSET 8/19/2010 5:55AM

    love this idea and will help in any way I can--thank you for your good work! emoticon

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JANICEBISSET 8/19/2010 3:02AM

    love this idea and will help in any way I can--thank you for your good work! emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/19/2010 12:37AM

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CHAMPCRUISER 8/17/2010 2:42PM

    Very good idea!

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PHEBESS 8/15/2010 8:06PM

    USVI!!!!!!

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NITAKAY48 8/13/2010 12:26PM

    I know I'm new to SP but I was wondering if there was a way to put my account on 'hold' like when I go on vacation for a week and then enter the 'info' like food, and exercise that i did while away - when I come back. I understand I won't get the points for logging in but even tho' I will keep up with food, and exercise while away, I do not have a way to log it till I come home. Thanks!

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HAPPYMOM8 8/12/2010 11:50PM

    Thank you! Can't wait to get my hubby on to this! He is already losing weight with me but I've not been able to use the fitness tracer for him. Hope this works.
Pat

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COACHGIA 8/11/2010 7:17PM

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JEANNE229 8/11/2010 8:12AM

    Another great gift!

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CHISIREYES 8/10/2010 9:28AM

    Thank you!
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NASCAR_CHICK 8/9/2010 5:54PM

    Is there any chance of getting the State Category back? I live in a very rural area of Kansas, no where near any of the "cities" that are listed. I like to include myself in the State information, but do not feel like I belong in any of the Cities.

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MATENNIS 8/9/2010 5:48PM

    On your official announcement there is a typo in the last sentence of the first parargrap:

"We envision it as a national movement that could help millions of Americans can get healthier and lead fuller lives."

I don't think you need the word can there.


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CHOCMOM 8/9/2010 2:35PM

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DETERMINED_SOUL 8/9/2010 1:17PM

    I think it is a wonderful idea; I will definitely be visiting the site!

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TOASTIE 8/9/2010 10:07AM

    Cool because I can't track activity via spark people since I am on a work-related web site, tied to wellness for life.

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MELANIETBI 8/9/2010 8:28AM

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JUSTFOXXY 8/8/2010 8:12PM

    Very cool!

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WILDLOTUS16 8/8/2010 8:08PM

    cool!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/8/2010 7:30PM

    Thanks

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SHERI1969 8/8/2010 4:58AM

    I am somewhat confused. Do people who are not Americans join SparkAmerica as well? I'm in Canada so I don't know if I am to join or not?

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KRISTHEBOOKLADY 8/8/2010 12:34AM

 
I love SparkPeople. I didn't have any success with Weightwatchers and had tried multiple times to lose weight with them. I have a concern about SparkPeople. What about after you lose your weight? I think there should be a section where you can get help on how to maintain your weight as with the same features as when you are losing weight. I am not complaining I just feel it should be addressed to. For the first time in my adult life I feel that I am going to lose my weight and keep it off. This week I am under 200 lbs. This is the first time in years! I am so happy. I just feel there needs to be help about maintaining your weight. I know that I need that help. Thank you so much!
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BRITOMART 8/7/2010 10:10PM

    I love SP, but what about the rest of the world?

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IPATRICIA 8/7/2010 4:38PM

    Downie is a surname of Irish origin[1]. It is an Anglicisation of the Old Irish ” Dunadhaigh, combing the Gaelic prefix ” (originally meaning "grandson") and Dunadhach, the keeper of a fort.

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RUNNER12COM 8/7/2010 10:44AM

    More choices, more ways to explore health and wellness. I love it!

SDJ

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A_NEW_LORI 8/7/2010 10:07AM

    A HUGE Thank you for this site. It has helped me reach life long goals I have never been able to acheieve on my own. I have lost 66 pounds but have close to 2oo more to go. With this awesome support system and Jesus on my side, there is no way I will accept failure!

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A_NEW_LORI 8/7/2010 10:07AM

    A HUGE Thank you for this site. It has helped me reach life long goals I have never been able to acheieve on my own. I have lost 66 pounds but have close to 2oo more to go. With this awesome support system and Jesus on my side, there is no way I will accept failure!

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