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SparkPeople Newsletters Get an Upgrade This Wednesday!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Last week we announced the addition of "SparkPeople Funnies" with a hint that more changes to the site would be coming soon. Today, I am very happy to announce that on Wednesday, Feb. 15, we'll be unveiling some upgrades to SparkPeople's newsletters! These changes affect our daily newsletter, which many of you subscribe to. In an effort to optimize the newsletters we send out and reduce the amount of email members receive, here's a rundown of what's coming:

Newsletters That Will Be Discontinued
Beginning Wednesday, we will discontinue the following daily newsletters.

  • Food Showdown. Instead of sending it in a daily email, we're giving Food Showdown a new home on each weekend, and we'll also feature the Food Showdown in The Weekly Spark (subscribe here).

  • Family Health and Wellness. You can continue to find great family and kids content on (subscribe to the dailySpark digest here) and in our Healthy Kids and Families Lifestyle Center.

  • Healthy Reflections (Quote of the Day). But don't worry. While this will no longer be a stand-alone newsletter, the Quote of the Day will be incorporated into our Best of SparkPeople daily newsletter (subscribe here).

Newsletters Getting a Facelift
  • Best of SparkPeople (daily). We're expanding this newsletter to include a daily feature, a Motivational Quote of the Day, SparkPeople Funnies, and top blog posts from bloggers and members!

  • Recipe of the Day. This title has been totally redesigned to feature our best recipes and Chef Meg's cooking videos along with cooking tips and food blogs.

  • Exercise of the Day. We're redesigned our fitness email to feature exercises and Coach Nicole's workout videos, plus member fitness tips, a daily workout song to get you moving and more!

Remember that you can still earn SparkPoints for reading email newsletters—and the stories within them. It's a great way to keep your goals in mind each day and get more insightful tips for your health journey. To edit your email subscription settings any time, go to your Start page (under the My Trackers tab) and then click on Account/Email Preferences near the top left of the page.

We can't wait to hear what you think about our new, revamped email newsletters that start this Wednesday!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
223DAISY 4/7/2012 3:30PM

    Sorry but I do not the new format. Less to read. emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/7/2012 3:30:42 PM

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 3/15/2012 4:31PM

    I really do miss getting the old newsletters in the old form where i would get like 10 or so in my inbox i just get 3 all condenced and i dont care for that at all. I find i am less likely to click on anything to open it up to read so just getting those 3 points for clicking on the get sparks points will never get any of us to the 10 allowed points daily. I also do not like all the facebook connections that show up on everything on Sparks. I do not and never will belong to facebook as i dont trust their privacy settings so all the facebook stuff is a bit annoying here on Sparks.

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JEANNINEMM68 3/12/2012 6:01PM

    I wish I could get all the points for emails but I do not get that many :( I would not mind having more.

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FINIKITY 3/10/2012 5:17PM

    I stopped getting e-mails all together and I miss them, what happened?? I used to get 6 a day and then it was down to three and now I get none.

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    All this seems fine. However I agree with CANDOK in that I like to know who is liking my statuses - why can we no longer know?

Also I am having trouble recently trying to open Best of sparkpeople emails - I get a message saying the email is corrupted and then it closes me out of my emails. It doesn't seem to affect any others.

Another problem is that none of the recipe emails save to favourites so I have given up with them.

Hope you can answer these problems. Thanks emoticon

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CANDOK1260 3/9/2012 11:08AM

    i lov spark but not really happy that you no longer know who liking your status.

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COUZCAT 3/9/2012 9:57AM

    The revised formats are quite well done. However, I really miss the Food Showdown email. It was both fun and informative. Could you please add a link to it in one of the current newsletters?


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NANCYLORINDA 3/8/2012 4:00PM

    Change is good. emoticon

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  No whining from me. Improvements are always welcome.

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JENCORINNE 3/8/2012 1:50AM

    still don't like the new emails and don't even come on Spark 1/2 the time due to it. I know change is inevitable but this was too much at one time.

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CERCIS 3/7/2012 11:09PM

  The emails don't display correctly on my screen - I end up have to scroll around, which is not acceptable to me.

It also bugs me that I am able to get up to 10 points each day for reading emails, but can't get anywhere near 10 points. Plus, the old emails I hadn't clicked through no longer give me emails - that's not right!

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OKIECAT 3/7/2012 10:12PM

    looking forward to it!

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OKIECAT 3/7/2012 8:37PM

    looking forward to it!

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NOELIA65 3/7/2012 6:47PM

  love spark people emoticon emoticon

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LYNCHD05 3/7/2012 2:21PM

    I love Sparks People and enjoy all the emails along with the new chuckles. Revamping is good as it makes us look at more items. Keep up the good work

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HEALTHYOTTER 3/7/2012 1:30PM

    I, too would prefer to have the ingredients with the recipes in one email. I love that the fitness newsletter shows the motions for the exercise and the inspirational quotes, tips, songs, funnies on the fitness newsletter.

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NANCYRUBIO 3/7/2012 1:15PM

    More changes makes for a better SP.

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JILL313 3/7/2012 12:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 3/7/2012 12:17PM

    Agree with comments on a couple of things:
1. I miss the separate Food Showdowns.
2. Also miss getting the full recipe in the email. I'd rather see the whole thing than have to spend more time to look it up.
3. Likewise, fewer points for emails.

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TEDDELYNN 3/7/2012 11:13AM

  I miss about 5 points a day in the new format. I miss Food Showdown also.

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CRYSALLIS1 3/7/2012 11:05AM

    I have been missing health reflections. Guess I need to search harder! It was a major part of my journal.

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SHADESOFPARIS 3/7/2012 10:39AM

  I love the new, cleaner look of the emails, but really miss having the ingredients listed in the body of the email. It's frustrating on a slow connection to have to load the webpage only to find out that the recipe includes something I can't eat.

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J3N1971 3/7/2012 10:39AM

    The food showdown is already missed. :-(

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SPOKENWORD 3/7/2012 8:36AM

    Thanks for keeping us informed!!!


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FRIENDOFBACH 3/7/2012 8:08AM

  Looking forward to the new formats, but at this point missing the emails.

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EGRAMMY 3/7/2012 7:01AM

    Very professional email pages. Great presentation. Thanks for changing for the better continually.

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LEN_VERSION32 3/7/2012 6:32AM

    It is taking a while to get used to...miss the emails and the old format...BUT I guess change should be good.

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MRSBEEZLY 3/7/2012 6:19AM

    I am not too sure about the new format. I really miss the article of the day. I find I have to search around a lot on the site to find an article to read. Not real happy with the upgrade, but still love SP!

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MAHARMON 3/7/2012 5:43AM

  Took some time; I am not a big fan of change. The new format is ok.

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ONECALMMOM 3/7/2012 1:43AM

  I really miss the old format. You have to log in repeatedly, the articles I used to love are no longer delivered and I'm not sure I'm finding all that I should be seeing. Sometimes change isn't a good thing. emoticon I agree with Ceehjay -- it's been a couple of weeks and I really miss the header for "my Trackers". It's a royal pain trying to find things. I've yet to find my Healthy Reflections. Can we get a manual so we'll know where to find things?

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SHAWALK2011 2/28/2012 1:03PM

  I really, really miss the Healthy Reflections Daily Message. My Bible and reading the Healthy Reflections message every morning were the best parts of my day.

Capt S. Walker,
Unted States Air Force

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SLOPOKE_SAL 2/24/2012 11:45AM

    The newsletters used to list the author of the blogs not just the title. Such as: a blog written by Indygirl I would click on regardless of the title because I like to read her blogs. Just the title is not enough info. can you please list the author again?

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CAREBEARS2078 2/23/2012 5:24PM

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VISUALLYRICS 2/22/2012 11:39AM

    Thanks Spark Guy for this incredible website!
I just wanted to say, emoticon for the New Look on our personal Spark is sool cool looking!

have a great day! emoticon laura

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/19/2012 2:11PM

    Haven't tried it yet as I wasn't getting my Spark newsletters for some reason. But I've re-set my subscriptions and will see if I get them now.

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/19/2012 9:47AM

    It takes some getting used to. Our expectations of an "email" are so different than our expectations of a website. I will give it a chance to see if my reading habits change :)

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WRITINGDIVA1 2/19/2012 12:04AM

    The new format takes a lot to get used to. I'm not the biggest fan!

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LNXLADY 2/18/2012 3:51PM

    A recipe newsletter that doesn't include the recipe is useless. Why would this be considered an improvement? I'm not going to click through to the site every day just to see if I am interested in the recipe, so I guess I'll just unsub. emoticon

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CEEHJAY 2/17/2012 4:07PM

    Day three, and I dislike this more every day. No, I'm not clicking through to see whether or not I want to try this recipe. I am not clicking through to see the essay on the quote (this was my favorite). I am not clicking through to the three or four possibilities in each email.

I'm not sure why I dislike this so, but it seems that a simple process has become more complicated with this change.

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EARTH420 2/16/2012 10:07AM

    where are the blogs we used to see from the side of the recipe page??

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SASSYCESSIE 2/16/2012 7:56AM

    I miss the healthy reflections email. Please bring it back.

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JANEDOE12345 2/16/2012 6:32AM

    Healthy Reflections should remain stand-alone. Sometimes it is all I read if I am rushing through, and I won't enjoy having to go look for it. Not your best move for me, SP! I can't see why you consolidated -- I say don't fix it if it ain't broke. lol.

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 2/15/2012 10:45PM

    I'm glad we're consolidating; there was too many - if I got a couple days behind I felt badly.

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CEEHJAY 2/15/2012 10:42PM

    Healthy Reflections was the first one I opened every day. I will greatly miss that one, and am sorry that it will be buried in the site, as well as requiring an extra click. No SparkPoints for reading it, either. Boo.

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SUSIESJOY 2/15/2012 10:05PM

    Not to sure about this. I find lots of different things in each of the individual emails and having them conglomerated will be alot more confusing and my brain already had a hard enough time staying on track.

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MACANBEFIT 2/15/2012 8:37PM

    I find the new formats too confusing and am considering cancelling my newsletters.

I liked that I could see the recipe in my email. I also liked that I could read part of an article before clicking on it. Now I don't know what to click to read what I want or if I will end up somewhere else.

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HEALTHYOTTER 2/15/2012 4:27PM

    Love that the exercise of the day email shows the moving exercise instead of the still photo I saw before.

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