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You Can Now Connect Your Fitbit to SparkPeople!


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Monday, October 15, 2012


Good morning, SparkPeople!

Today we are THRILLED to announce that we have partnered with Fitbit, a market leader in fitness devices. Fitbit has a full line of tracking devices to help you automatically and wirelessly track your distance, steps, calories burned and even fitness minutes. There are a lot of fitness tracking devices out there, but some products stand well above the others. Fitbit makes it easy for people to get fitter and reach their goals—and that is why we've partnered with them!

Sync Your Fitbit to Your SparkPeople Account
Many of our members who are Fitbit users have asked us how they can import all their data from Fitbit to SparkPeople. As of today, you can do exactly that—simply and wirelessly! If you have a Fitbit that you want to connect to SparkPeople, visit this page for instructions. This process takes just a couple minutes.

Purchasing a Fitbit Helps SparkPeople!
If you don't have a Fitbit, you can purchase one using this link and SparkPeople will earn a percentage of the sales. The newest tracker, Fitbit Zip, is now available at a lower price point of $59.95.

Join the SparkPeople Fitbit Challenge!
To celebrate our new partnership, SparkPeople has created a fun new challenge that is open to all members who have (or get) a Fitbit and then sync it to their accounts. You can compare your step totals with other members—and even SparkGuy's and Coach Nicole's on our Fitbit Challenge leaderboards page. In addition, starting in November, we're running monthly contests to encourage you to use your Fitbit to get fit! Everyone who accumulates at least 60,000 steps per month (that's just 2,000 steps per day on average) will be entered to win a $50 amazon.com gift certificate. See contest terms. To enter, all you have to do is sync your Fitbit to your SparkPeople account using the instructions above.


We hope this will help not only members who already have Fitbits, but that this new partnership and challenge will "Spark" even more members to check out the great Fitbit devices that we love so much. We hope you enjoy this new functionality!
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BUDDHAROXX 10/17/2012 8:45PM

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MINE!!! IT ENCOURAGES ME TO LOSE WEIGHT, AT THE PACE I CHOOSE BY SIMPLY ADJUSTING MY GOALS. EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO TRULY INCREASE THEIR FITNESS ACTIVITY AND HAS TRIED AND TRIED IN THE PAST, BUT BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL,SHOULD CONSIDER A MONITOR OF SOME TYPE. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE FITBIT, TAKE IT BACK AND TRY ANOTHER... PROBLEM SOLVED!
PS- BUT "I LOVE MY FITBIT!!!"
JUST SAYING :)

THANK YOU SPARK STAFF FOR SYNCING WITH MY FITBIT!!!!

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EMMANYC 10/17/2012 8:07PM

    I would be interested to know what kind of due diligence Spark staff carried out before deciding to endorse this product. Yes, there are a lot of people who have it and would love to be able to sync it with Sparkpeople. But does that mean Spark has to encourage people to use it? I note that Spark (the company) gains financially from the sale of this product (and to be fair, they admit it although they call this "helping Sparkpeople" - gee, kind of the same way I "help" the insurance salesman when I buy insurance?)

I did a little reading, and one thing I noticed almost immediately was the number of negative reviews on Amazon. Lots and lots of reviews from people who said that customer support was non-existent.

But what concerned me the most was a 1* review from a fitness professional who said that s/he programmed it to provide for a 3 kg loss per week, the fitbit recommended that s/he eat only 500 calories per day. Since this kind of "advice" is dangerous, the person contacted the maker of fitbit and asked if this glitch would be corrected so that the recommended daily calorie intake would never drop below the daily minimum (e.g., 1200 calories). They said no, such a change wasn't planned for the next release.

By the way, I found that review within a few minutes of starting to read reviews on Amazon, after sorting the reviews from worst to highest and starting to read the 1* reviews. That's something I do all the time when I'm thinking of buying a product. I make sure I read a range of reviews from high to low. It just seems like an obvious step to take to make sure what I'm thinking of buying is worth it. I don't believe every review I read, but if there is something in the reviews that raises a red flag, I make sure I do more research.

I don't know if the fitbit still can be set up so that it would make such a recommendation (the review I read dates back to about 2011, I think, so it's possible that the system has been changed), but it seems like the kind of thing that Spark staff should check out before recommending a product where they're going to benefit from sales. Maybe they did. I for one would like to know

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KATTBUGG04 10/17/2012 6:00PM

  I love my fitbit, so this is great news...Just a word of advise remember to take it off before you do your laundry...LOL

I am on my second one because the first one got washed....

Thanks, SparkPeople ;-)

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MOMMYSLOVE22 10/17/2012 5:53PM

  I want one it seems so cool

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JOYSOFVI 10/17/2012 5:12PM

  ordered mine today...I have tried so many things even on my iphone but never does what it promises..this sounds perfect

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634MEG 10/17/2012 2:22PM

    ordered this morning!

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MOMOPWRS 10/17/2012 2:21PM

    YOu just made my Day!
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HHB4181 10/17/2012 1:24PM

    that's so cool, thanks!

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POLSKARENIA 10/17/2012 1:12PM

    My fitbit has now been ordered. I can't wait to receive it and start to use it!!

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CHUM48 10/17/2012 11:49AM

    Thanks for the info!

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KEEPITMOVING 10/17/2012 11:05AM

    excellent!
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NEWTINK 10/17/2012 10:29AM

    This is emoticon .. will you try getting the ability to sync up with Nike that would be wonderful ... I use my Ipod and the nike.com fitness tracker on their site .. It would be nice if i could just sync to one place .. Just a thought and thank you for all you do for us.

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FUNKYJ25 10/17/2012 9:40AM

    Woohoo! Totally going to ask for this for Christmas, and I'll still have time to join the challenge!
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K8ERPILLAR 10/17/2012 8:53AM

    Thank you SOOOOO much for doing this! I got a FitBit for my birthday a few months ago and I've been manually entering the information back and forth between the two sites. Now I can cut that step out of my day and spend less time at the computer and more time up and moving!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/17/2012 5:25AM

    Yet another reason to Love SparkPeople!

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YAYDELWAN 10/17/2012 4:00AM

  Can anyone help - I can't get the syncing between Fitbit and Sparkpeople to work. I connected them yesterday and my steps went from FB to SP but nothing else. This morning I tried to disconnect and reconnect the two sites in the hopes that would help and I can't reconnect them again. When I go to the page on the SP site that should let me connect it says I don't have the authority to enter that page. All getting rather tiresome/frustrating now.

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1BEACHWALKER 10/17/2012 2:52AM

    I love the idea...will go buy one soon! And sync up! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEJEAN99 10/17/2012 1:54AM

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NYARAMULA 10/17/2012 1:44AM

    I am getting a fitbit in December!

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MEENAKUMARI2 10/17/2012 1:18AM

    Does anyone know where I can buy 1 in South Korea??
This link is only for America and Canada.

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SLFGOLF 10/17/2012 1:02AM

    Great news. Connecting it tonight.

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CLAYARTIST 10/16/2012 11:14PM

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JAMER123 10/16/2012 10:35PM

    emoticon emoticon Good idea!!

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DONNA5281 10/16/2012 10:15PM

 
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NIKO27 10/16/2012 8:30PM

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KARRENLYNN 10/16/2012 8:06PM

    Very cool!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/16/2012 7:57PM

  That is great news!!!!! emoticon

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CINDYWAGNER1 10/16/2012 7:29PM

    emoticon emoticon I did it today. This is so emoticon LOVE IT!

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MELROSE13 10/16/2012 7:19PM

    Been considering one, this will make the decision easier, thanks SP for partnering with fitbit!!

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CAREYBOSTWICK 10/16/2012 7:18PM

    Wonderful!!! I have had an UtraFitBit since Christmas and has helped me keep track of my steps and how many flights of stairs I do a day.

I am so happy that my Fitbit will now synchronize to my SparkPeople account.

thanks for making this happen.

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BARBARA_BOO 10/16/2012 6:48PM

    Thanks for making this possible! It's a great time-saver and helps me keep my steps current on my SparkPeople exercise tracker. I have used the Fitbit since the beginning of April with great success. I am consistently exceeding my daily goal of at least 10,000 steps. Thanks also for the challenge. It's fun to compete in an area where we have some control over our progress.

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SUNSHINE_POSIES 10/16/2012 6:14PM

    Does it integrate food and fitness stats like the integration on the MyFitnesspal site? That would be fantastic if it does. emoticon

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IFEOMA4 10/16/2012 5:24PM

  Nice

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SCAREWALDORF 10/16/2012 5:02PM

    I just followed your link to fitbit. Maybe I can ask for one for Christmas.

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RAINBOWMF 10/16/2012 4:58PM

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/16/2012 4:41PM

    I've been thinking about getting a Fitbit!

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LOLAJO54 10/16/2012 4:16PM

    woohoo '
love you guys at sparkpeople
love my fitbit too

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JERICHO1991 10/16/2012 4:04PM

    Thank you for the info.

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FALLNTENN 10/16/2012 3:43PM

    WooHoo! I bought a Fitbit 2weeks ago.

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DMF2012 10/16/2012 2:58PM

    Wow!

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DALID414 10/16/2012 2:32PM

    Great news!!

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FELCZAN 10/16/2012 2:20PM

    I love my fitbit! Thank you for making it connect to SP! emoticon

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KUZMENKA 10/16/2012 2:16PM

    this looks cool, thinking I might get one for me and the hubby and start a healthy competition to get fit together. could get some fun prizes out of it emoticon

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