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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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PEDIPOD 8/3/2010 7:46PM

    Thank you for everything you and the team members do for us!!

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22PHAT 8/3/2010 7:32PM

    Thanks for the info. I've just visited the site.

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JVANAM 8/3/2010 7:20PM

    Beta look great. Patiently awaiting the official role out.

Great work SP-Team.

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 8/3/2010 7:12PM

  thanks!

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LINDENSGIRL 8/3/2010 7:06PM

    I can't wait to get acquainted with it. I'll be watching for the changes as they hit Sparkpeople.

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SUEJENN 8/3/2010 6:55PM

    Bring it to Canada.

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RFH417 8/3/2010 6:55PM

    Awesome!!

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SEXYVIXEN2 8/3/2010 6:44PM

    I will look out for the changes on the Fitness tracker etc. emoticon

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GETNFIT4GOD 8/3/2010 6:41PM

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May we all keep M-O-V-I-N-G!! emoticon

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NANADERRICK 8/3/2010 6:13PM

    Ok, sounds...good??? Keep me posted and we'll see.

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PAULA3420 8/3/2010 6:12PM

    I like feeling that I am part of something bigger than myself. Something that is having a positive impact on my world. emoticon

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FLICKIE13 8/3/2010 5:44PM

  I can't wait!

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LOURON 8/3/2010 5:41PM

    I am a bit confused as tp how this will differ regular Spark but am sure like others once I see will get it

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MARI2006 8/3/2010 5:29PM

    hooray!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARI2006 8/3/2010 5:28PM

    hooray!!! emoticon emoticon

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ANGE1010 8/3/2010 5:05PM

    Great news. Count me in!

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CMT7831 8/3/2010 4:58PM

    Very exciting!!! Can't wait!!!

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2BEATIT1 8/3/2010 4:53PM

    Sounds good but please INCLUDE CANADA. It seems everything starts in America first and the Canadians get left behind. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DESERTCATS 8/3/2010 4:33PM

    Great news! But I also agree that it's not clear. If I was new, I don't think I would I know where to go to read more about setting my goals or what the basic concepts of SparkAmerica are...and how it works with SparkPeople.

Keep adding to it though! Great job!

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GERIKRAGH 8/3/2010 4:32PM

    Sounds great. I can see people using this for work goals, life goals, etc.

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ONEGREATCAT 8/3/2010 4:22PM

    I agree with Kerrwjpk in that I'm a little confused BUT if you're involved, I'm sure it will be a good thing. I absolutely emoticon . I keep learning how to navigate around this site and I'm sure I can eventually learn to navigate around this new aspect of SparkAmerica. Thanks for your continued interest.

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29ANDHOLDINGON 8/3/2010 4:22PM

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WEKIMER 8/3/2010 3:45PM

    This is really great news. i can't wait to see how this does nationally and globally. kim

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VBFSVSL 8/3/2010 3:35PM

    It's wonderful what you're doing here. Can't wait to see the exiciting things to come!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/3/2010 3:32PM

    Just love that you continue to expand and improve this site. Go, SparkGuy! Go all you SparkPeople!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 8/3/2010 3:30PM

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I am looking forward to see what lies ahead! The Spark continues to spread and I have watched it grow since joining. I am a staunch believer in sound nutrition and preventitive health-care. Spark is such a valuable resource. It is amazing to see how one indiviual's dream can change the world. The possibilities are endless. Too many are sick and dying from not understanding the benefits of basic nutritional, spiritual and emotional well-being. It is awesome to think if all of the unrealized positive potential were utilized. What a different world it would be! emoticon

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CONNEALS 8/3/2010 3:29PM

    gREAT!

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/3/2010 3:27PM

    Thank you this sound great .Can't wait to get going looking forward .Thanks .Dottie

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JOMONOMO1 8/3/2010 3:19PM

    thank you for your message

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PEPPERMINT125 8/3/2010 3:02PM

    I am somewhat confused about this. Doesn't this overlap or duplicate the regular Sparkteam website? Do I need to post more than once? Not sure I understand what its all about.

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JEWITCH 8/3/2010 2:52PM

    What a great idea, but what do you expect from SP. I look for to getting to explore another new SP adventure. Thanks for letting us know about it.

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DEANNROSP 8/3/2010 2:48PM

    Brilliant!

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ANDREA0301 8/3/2010 2:46PM

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BOOKAYB 8/3/2010 2:25PM

  Thank you for continuing to provide us all new motivation and opportunities!!!

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RODEORHI83 8/3/2010 2:24PM

  Concur with all the above! Great news~

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SUNFISHDEB 8/3/2010 2:11PM

    looking forward to it. Thanks for keeping my involved.

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SKYLARK4477 8/3/2010 1:59PM

  A truly great idea!

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AMBERZADE 8/3/2010 1:58PM

    It sounds like a good idea. Looking forward to it.

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SGBR-1 8/3/2010 1:33PM

    Looking forward to it.

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CHERN009 8/3/2010 1:30PM

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TSHAIGOOD 8/3/2010 1:09PM

    Bigger is always better...unless it's your waistline! Thanks Sparkers!!!
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TMCK-40 8/3/2010 12:55PM

  It looks great. Thanks for keeping us updated and involved.

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VXWALL1942 8/3/2010 12:50PM

    Love, love, love it! Another Spark opportunity to share and make it happen.

vicki

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SPARK-A-LICIOUS 8/3/2010 12:41PM

    should be interesting!!

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TODDJAMES 8/3/2010 12:33PM

    This is AMAZING news!

Thanks Chris and Team!

I am so grateful for your efforts and your website...it is making a LASTING IMPACT on my life!

And even now...as I am writing a 10 part blog about YOU and YOUR TEAM!

Thanks for the spark and for giving me an opportunity to continue to spark and inspire those around the country!

Best!
Todd James

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MOMGETSSPARK 8/3/2010 12:32PM

    I love spreading the Spark. I have been asked a couple times while working out about the shirt and I talk about the site. My sisters have both joined now and some of my coworkers. Thank you for a wonderful site! emoticon

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ODAT1117 8/3/2010 12:26PM

    I LOVE the TV show idea!! That would be great!

I am very grateful for your program and the amazing positive attitudes that allow everyone to encourage everyone.

Keep on Sparkin' It!!!!!!!!

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-Mary in Michigan

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PAMELALANDIS 8/3/2010 12:21PM

  This will be great. Blessings to all of you who are working to make this happen!

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