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Introducing SparkPeople LIVE! Online Support & Motivation Meetings!


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Thursday, September 08, 2011



We’re very excited to announce the launch of a brand new feature that will help many people reach their goals. SparkPeople LIVE! Online Support & Motivation Meetings bring SparkPeople.com to life–in a way that was never before possible.

SparkPeople LIVE! includes:

- Unlimited access to live online weekly support and motivation meetings (led by successful SparkPeople Members)!

- Access to exclusive SparkPeople LIVE! Special Events led by your favorite SparkPeople Experts like Coach Nicole, Chef Meg, Coach Nancy, Dietician Becky, and yes, even SparkGuy!

- Access to all past SparkPeople LIVE! Special Events

- 50 SparkPoints and a special SparkPeople Trophy

- Access to a private SparkTeam only for SparkPeople LIVE!

- A 20% off coupon to the SparkPeople Store

- The opportunity to see and hear friends that you've been interacting with on SparkPeople.com

You get all of that for just $12.99/month. And we're also offering a FREE ONE WEEK TRIAL. As long as you cancel before your trial is up, your credit card will never be charged.

Every week, SparkPeople LIVE! subscribers will interact live online (via video, audio, and chat) with other SparkPeople members and leaders. The meetings include many of the elements of SparkPeople.com that you know and love. Together, we’ll offer support, share tips, celebrate our WooHoo! moments--and learn something new!

So far we’ve only emailed a small group of members to let them know about SparkPeople LIVE! (If you're reading this, you're probably one of the first to know!) But anyone can sign up for their free 1-week trial!

To learn more about SparkPeople LIVE! you can visit: sparkpeople.com/myspark/live.asp

As always, all the tools and resources you're already using on SparkPeople will remain 100% free. SparkPeople LIVE! is just an added resource for those who would like additional support, motivation, and accountability, and charging for this exciting technology allows us to cover the costs to keep it running.

We hope that you are as excited as we are about trying SparkPeople LIVE! Please share your thoughts below as we continue to work on this exciting new feature.

SparkCheers!

The SparkPeople Team
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KELLY-ANNE8 9/19/2011 1:47PM

    I'm still not 100% clear on what this is all about.Do you sit and chat as a group?is it on at a certian time(day)?Do you talk live through your computer?Please help me tp understand more clearly about all aspects of this feature.Thank-you,Kelly. emoticon

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JEAN_W_1960 9/19/2011 12:29PM

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DWILCZKO 9/18/2011 12:52AM

  :)

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VAVAVOOM8 9/17/2011 11:08AM

    i joined it, but i was disappointed, i thought there would be a lot more classes available, but i only saw a three. i think it would be great if there was a video chat system where people could talk to each other and if there these support groups going all the time, and if there were categories, like the message boards. and if my message board friends were on it.



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DWILCZKO 9/15/2011 12:21AM

  :)

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TINIERTINA 9/14/2011 12:11PM

    It would create two "communities" ... but already there ARE two "communities" ... those who can devote much time to the site: commenting on blog posts, pages, message boards, teams, articles, etc. ... and those who can't ...

It would probably be cheaper and more cost-effective per month, as well, than the most well-known nutrition cum body-building sites out there .. with added bells and whistles ...

I love the level of articulateness/literacy of most of the commenters here ... reminds me of what iVillage USED to be ... that's why I'm still here ...

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LOVEDBYGOD25 9/13/2011 8:20AM

    That's awesome. It's not in my budget right now - but I think it's an excellent resource to make such an awesome site even better!

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/12/2011 1:36PM

    I have lost 170 pounds, I couldn't do it alone..Can you?


12.99 is a super low price to pay for experts and motivation my darling sparkers! The site remains free, but live is something very cool for those who need that extra motivation.

You want to lose..then do all you can do to lose it! I am so in this!

Got the power!!!! emoticon emoticon

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ASHOAF1 9/12/2011 9:12AM

  Thank you! You continue to up-date and improve the site everyday! I am so grateful!

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ROBERTREESE 9/12/2011 9:08AM

  $12.99 a month seems a bit high for an online community where most of the same is available free.

I suppose it may help those that need that added bonus of spending their money to make the commitment.

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KKKAREN 9/12/2011 8:46AM

    Sounds good!

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THEIS58 9/12/2011 5:27AM

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DWILCZKO 9/12/2011 12:22AM

  cool!

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NELLBELLA26 9/11/2011 9:15PM

    I'd love to join this. Considering it. Thank you for letting everyone know. I am amazed with this site and all of you that work for Spark. Thank you for continuing to build the site and keep inspiring us.

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LVMAMAW 9/11/2011 7:12PM

    I love the Spark People Live meetings! I feel guilty because I tell everyone and they say "but I thought everything was free!" I attended early and got a life time free pass! What a thrill! Not quite sure how to handle my friends comments, but still loving my weekly Live Meetings!! emoticon

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THROOPER62 9/11/2011 4:24PM

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MARGIE4230 9/11/2011 4:05PM

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XXEDRA 9/11/2011 12:10PM

    Interesting

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-LISS- 9/11/2011 11:46AM

    Even though I can't afford this and don't need it with all the resources that are already on Spark People, I think it's a great idea. You guys have to pay the bills somehow and it looks like there are people who are game for the idea. I will always be thankful to this amazing free service and as long as it doesn't change what you've already got going on I think it'll be a great tool for people. Best of luck.

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JENNFIELDS4 9/11/2011 10:47AM

    I think that it may help me and I will be willing to try it. I have successfully lost with WW because of the meetings. But as of recently have had not much success just because of my lack of motivation and stressing over the meetings. But anyway will try the free time and see. Nothing to lose.

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MACEWOMAN 9/11/2011 10:03AM

    Not something I'm interested at the moment, but I can see how some would find this very helpful and motivating.

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ANELAKANOA 9/11/2011 9:24AM

  I think it's a good idea for people looking for extra support! I love Spark because it is free! So far it's working for me just great! Who knows! Maybe I'll check it out in a few months!

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COACHKRYSTIE 9/11/2011 9:03AM

    I love the Sparkpeople Live! Meetings. I enjoy getting to see fellow Sparkpeople members face to face and connecting on a more personable level. I guess when you're able to talk like you do to friend, to someone who's going through the same struggles on their journey just gives you the comfort and support that you need. Friendships are formed and they are continued back here on the teams & Sparkpages!

I love that classes give the participant the option to be on camera & chat themselves or if they'd prefer they can just type in the chat box without ever feeling like they're being ignored. The meetings are very interactive and very informative!

I think this is just the greatest concept that Sparkpeople has come up with and I am honored to be one of the leaders for the Live! Meetings!! I also love that the rest of Sparkpeople will not change and this is just a bonus!!

Thank you!!

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GRRARRGH 9/11/2011 8:06AM

    Great idea!

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CORGIDOGMOM 9/11/2011 6:35AM

    My concern is that with so many people belonging to Spark - how will anyone get personalized feedback? Also - is this a 24/7 thing or are meetings set for specific times of the day?

I used to do Weight Watchers and the meetings were always dominated by a certain few individuals that held the shy folks back from speaking. The $12.99 a month is reasonable (for me, anyway, less than $1.oo per day) but I think I'll wait.



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STRIVER57 9/11/2011 1:44AM

    i think it's a mistake, because it'll be too easy to leave the rest of us feeling like second-class citizens.

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JMQSTAKES 9/10/2011 7:38AM

  I am going to join this evening. I am really having a hard time staying focused and this seems to be just what I need to get on track once and for all and stay on track. Thanks for providing an affordable way for us to do this. emoticon

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SIESTAFIESTA 9/10/2011 6:41AM

  Sparks hs not helped me yet-i must be only one in the world. Thinking of trying weight watchers.

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STEVWEND 9/9/2011 6:24PM

    I joined the Weight Watchers on-line site for 3 months for around $50 (no live support, meetings cost more - $50 just for online tools comparable to SP). When I didn't renew, I told them it was too expensive for what I could get for free on Spark People. I love your website and think it's amazing that you can offer all of these tools for free. To add live support for those who need it at $12/mo. doesn't seem that expensive. I may consider this feature in the future as I have yet to feel a personal connection through teams and blogs.

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MPLSKEN 9/9/2011 5:46PM

    I'd be willing to try it out if it got rid of all of the pesky ads on this site. Heck, I'd pay JUST for the ads to go away. But, as it is, I'll probably skip this for now.

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MISSANGELACOX 9/9/2011 4:39PM

    really- if the whole site is free, why not this? thats a shame for the people like me and many others who can't afford it-- losing weight should be available to all, not just some who can afford it... thats a low down way to make money...

Comment edited on: 9/9/2011 4:45:05 PM

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1BEACHWALKER 9/8/2011 11:47PM

    emoticon Maybe one day! emoticon

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MOMFAN 9/8/2011 9:28PM

    Thanks for keeping the main sight free for all to use and access.

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BOBBYD31 9/8/2011 8:52PM

    Right now they are offering a bonus when you sign up for 3 months, pay for 2 and the third is free.

This is just you and the spark leaders presenting the program, no ads, no gimmicks. I was lucky to be part of a beta test program and found it very rewarding, if you have any questions please feel free to sparkmail me.

NOTHING else changes with spark everything else stays free.

THANKS CHRIS, KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PURPLELVR7 9/8/2011 8:01PM

    Like the idea, but the cost is beyond me

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/8/2011 7:17PM

    Just as an FYI - SparkPeople is running this program through another company that does all sorts of online classes, etc. I am sure SP has to pay them, thus they have to charge us to cover the costs. After seeing some of the prices on other programs, this is really pretty inexpensive.

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NELLIEC 9/8/2011 5:40PM

    Sounds like a wonderful idea. However, I am on a limited income, so that price is beyond me.

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COOKINGSTARS 9/8/2011 4:19PM

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TEDDYBEAR4788 9/8/2011 3:56PM

    Maybe in the future I will be able to use this feature. Right now, money is tight and the income I have is small so I can't afford it. Sounds like a great idea though.

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AGASSIFAN 9/8/2011 3:45PM

    Wish I could afford it...but still struggling just to keep my house...am envious of the people who CAN afford it... emoticon

emoticon Thank You SP for getting me as far as I have!!!!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/8/2011 3:39PM

    Great idea!!! Spark offers so much support and info at no cost that I think asking a nominal fee for such a personalized service is perfectly reasonable!!

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TERESA159 9/8/2011 3:05PM

    Give us free chat!!! Please? Pretty Please???

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/8/2011 2:59PM

    That's great.

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WOLVSKISS 9/8/2011 2:51PM

    I love the idea and would love to have been apart of it; however, $12.99 a month is not going to happen. I certainly could have used the extra boost of motivation since I'm struggling now to stay focused.

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KASEYCOFF 9/8/2011 2:23PM

    The cost of the book was a 'one-off,' one I could (not necessarily easily) afford. But I'm afraid $12.99 / month is an awful lot of money, at least at my house. I hope Spark does indeed remain free, without even a minimal charge, let alone something like this - which comes to nearly $156.00 / year.

I'm not trying to run-down a good idea, and for those who can afford it, I say go for it. I feel bad that I can't be supportive of it, at least not in today's economy. And as some other Sparkers have said, I wouldn't put my CC# on it only to risk missing the termination date and end up being charged.

Sorry.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/8/2011 1:59PM

    Great!

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DEVSANGEL1 9/8/2011 1:20PM

    Good idea. I know living in a large city, it isn't always easy to get to and from a meeting, especially when you have small children. I have to agree with one of the above posts that it is too bad that you have to have a credit card to have your week free. Couldn't your pilot allow the small amount of people that were emailed this news to have a cut off date of seven days from the day they first sign on?! Because I know that I am really bad about terminating, not use it, be billed, and wonder where my money went. Great idea though.

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SP_TMETZNER 9/8/2011 1:03PM

    As noted in the blog, everything that is already free, will remain free, this is completely new and optional!

We know it won't be everyone, but we also know that some people are going to love it, and for them, it will be that extra boost they need!

SparkCheers!
Tim

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KLONG8 9/8/2011 12:15PM

    I think it makes sense to offer something like this. Glad, of course, that SP is free because I KNOW I wouldn't have given this site a chance if there would have been a charge to use the basic services. But, now that I'm comfortable here and Sparking away I like the fact that I have the option of a more visual, verbal, motivational division to use for a small charge. I may consider taking a look at it this winter (when I always need a motivational boost!)

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BFMONICA 9/8/2011 12:12PM

    I'll check it out when it's free emoticon

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