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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 everyone—not just people who might be interested in losing weight. So, it’s 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 Americans—and 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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ROSIE777 8/5/2010 2:49PM

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GINGYCAT40 8/5/2010 2:42PM

    emoticon Spark Guy this sounds awesome.

I am in Canada, but, will certainly log in and check this out.

I am hooked - on SparkPeople.

Your site is totally amazing and so full of knowledge/
motivation and inspiration.



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GOLDIELOCKSBEAR 8/5/2010 2:35PM

    Thank you so much! emoticon

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MISSMEL10 8/5/2010 12:39PM

    I've been struggling for the past week to stay motivated and be on track. Maybe this will help jumpstart me again! :)

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ROCKYOURBOD 8/5/2010 11:18AM

    Nice! This will be great!

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DWHITTYONE 8/5/2010 7:43AM

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_VALEO_ 8/5/2010 3:04AM

    Sounds great! Long live to SparkAmerica!

I remember when I joined SP (back in 2008) we had SparkEarth to track our fitness, and I could track my minutes, and see how my country was doing. I can't find this feature anymore.
I look forward to SparkEurope! emoticon emoticon

Note: that being said, I like Sparkpeople because it is international, we are all together, and we learn so much from different persons from different countries. Just would like a SparkEurope to track my fitness (as it was possible before), and have a little challenge with Sparkers near where I live.
I also hope American Sparkers won't all move to this new site, and leave us all alone here!

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SUNSHINE084 8/5/2010 12:22AM

    Are the articles on SparkAmerica the same as sparkpeople? I am comfortable sharing my wt loss goals with sparkpeople, not sparkAmerica. I WOULD love to see a sparkCanada site..

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/4/2010 9:54PM

    sounds great, I can't wait for the launch of SPARKAUSTRALIA!! :0)

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SAL1512 8/4/2010 8:38PM

    Awesome! Sure glad you keep improving this website as I am in here everyday!

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JUST_BREATHE08 8/4/2010 2:58PM

    emoticon SP emoticon so much!!! emoticon

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 8/4/2010 1:26PM

    It's such a exciting time to be a part of Sparkpeople!
Can't wait to see it all!
Thank you for always making this the most fun site to go too!
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CHICKFORCHRIST 8/4/2010 11:41AM

    Hey Spark Guy, I think this is wonderful. I do have to say I am becoming offended at some of the pictures that some of the members are sharing though. Case in point, the one a few pictures down from mine! I know you feel good about yourself, but I don't want to see bare butts to see the results! That is porno and I don't want any part of it! Please do something about this. The worse it gets, the more I am turned off to this website!

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MUSICLVR2675 8/4/2010 10:15AM

    Yay! Sounds very exciting! I'll have to go look for myself! :)

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BELLACUDDLES 8/4/2010 8:58AM

    WOW.......you can't help but LOVE Spark!!!!!!

Barbara

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SONEAMUDGAL 8/4/2010 3:10AM

    When are you launching Spark India????? emoticon

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SPARKANN 8/4/2010 1:31AM

    Thank you! Sounds great!!! emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/4/2010 1:00AM

    Thank you...I'm going to check out the site now!

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MELLYBEAN1226 8/4/2010 12:54AM

    I already have one friend that joined!
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SARAHCAT24 8/4/2010 12:45AM

    Love the idea of tracking with a classroom. If I were still teaching, I would definitely be using it with my students. Since I am retired, I'll just have to share it with all of my former colleagues. Keep up the great work. I still cannot believe this fantastic site is free. Thank you!!

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LIFEHASCHANGES 8/4/2010 12:44AM

    Sounds great! I will have to check it out. I like that it is integrated into the sparkpeople site. I have gone to the spark budgeting site also, and I like that everything is linked -down to the recipe site. They are handy features! I saw that there is a way to do it for families? I will havr to look- it would be nice to be on here with my son when he gets older!
God bless :)
Paula

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URSULA125 8/4/2010 12:37AM

    Lot's going on. I hope it is all you hope for.

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UFGATORTRACK 8/4/2010 12:07AM

    ;)


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LOREENYK 8/3/2010 11:32PM

    Although I am excited by this announcement, I will be over the moon when you launch SparkCanada!

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LLM19781 8/3/2010 11:26PM

  Checked out the new site and like that you can track exercise minutes by city, even though there is not a city listed that is close to me, but also like how you can track with a classroom or family. Thinking I might get my family involved in this!

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BECKYH76 8/3/2010 10:53PM

    I checked if out yesterday but need to go back to check out all the functionality. Thanks for all you do, I love your sites and they are a big help to me and my family members who have struggled with weight for many years! Congrats on the rollout! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 8/3/2010 10:49PM

    I love the idea too! I think many more people will be interested to join to just achieving maximum health!
Thanks SPARK GUY!


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CINABEE 8/3/2010 10:27PM

    Great new idea for people all over.Love the name of the new site.Thanks so much for caring so much about people like me who is very over weight.

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THREEE 8/3/2010 9:56PM

    curious ... will check out to better understand what is being added... emoticon

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KIN59VARA 8/3/2010 9:29PM

    Great

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RD03875 8/3/2010 9:26PM

    I don't see the difference but sounds like more time involved

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BABES-R-US 8/3/2010 9:19PM

   
Love it - Congratulations SparkGuy!

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HANDICAPABLE 8/3/2010 8:45PM

    Looks great and i am sure it will be a success. Afterall Sparkpeople are involved!

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DIANNED4 8/3/2010 8:39PM

  Love it! I checked it out and New York isn't burning as many calories as they should we are 10 out of 10...let's go for number 1.

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MONIEE2 8/3/2010 8:13PM

    Let's rock & roll!!


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NESSAGIRL67 8/3/2010 7:57PM

    Wow this is exciting. emoticon

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SHAYSIE 8/3/2010 7:54PM

    Like the ecclectic approach!

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    Sounds great!

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