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"Welcome Packet" for New Members: Tips for Using SparkPeople

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I joined SP on May 21, 2013. I found it very confusing as to what to do next. I hope that these links make it a little easier to navigate this excellent resource to become healthier. So, here are some tips:

NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTIONS

1. New Member Welcome Guide
www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
ark/get_started_step1.asp


2. It is also good to go to Articles/Videos--SparkDiet. You'll get a better understanding of the SparkPeople program.

3. How to use the Start Page--VIDEO
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=1124



HOW TO USE THE TRACKERS

4. How to use the Nutrition Tracker --VIDEO
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/nutrition_articles.as
p?id=1154


*Nutrition FAQ:
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/nutrition_articles.as
p?id=537


*How To Use the Calorie Counter, Recipes, etc.
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=730


5. How to use the Fitness Tracker
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=1157


6. How to stay on track with a Monthly Calendar ---updates automatically
www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
ark/stay-on-track-calendar
.asp



HOW TO USE TEAMS AND MESSAGE BOARDS

7. How to Get the Most Out of the SparkPeople Community: The Difference Between SparkTeams & Message Boards.
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=538


8. A Beginner's Guide to the SparkPeople Message Boards
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=374


9. How To use Your SparkTeam Page
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=949


10. What are message boards and teams? VIDEO
Video (NOTE: Their Start Page is "vertical" whereas the new Start Page is "horizontal." It's still helpful though.)
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=1179


11. What are the SparkPeople Community Guidelines?
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=349


12. How do I stop getting notifications for a particular Message Board thread?
When you post to the Message Boards, a box below your message is automatically checked to subscribe you (via email) to the conversations, which means you’ll receive an email in your regular email when someone replies after you. If you decide later that you no longer want to receive these notifications, you can unsubscribe yourself from the conversation in one of two ways.

1. To see all of your current Message Board notifications and/or bulk unsubscribe:

Click on “Start” in the top left corner of the screen.
You'll now see your Start page.
Scroll down your Start page to "Step 3, Community & SparkTeam Check-In."
Click "Message Board Subscriptions," which is listed under the "My Community Quick Links" section.
You'll now see your Message Board Subscription page, which lists up to 100 of your current message board subscriptions.
Check the box(es) next to the Message Board thread(s) that you would like to unsubscribe from.
Scroll down the page and click the "unsubscribe" button at the bottom of the page.
When asked to confirm that you would like to unsubscribe from all checked threads, click "OK."

2. To unsubscribe from one particular Message Board notification:

You can unsubscribe from a specific Message Board thread by not clicking on the link in the email sent to you. If you delete that email without clicking on the link inside of it, you will be unsubscribed from that particular Message Board thread and will receive no more notifications for that particular conversation.

NOTE: To avoid getting these notifications in the future, simply un-check the pre-checked box that subscribes you to the email notifications before you post your response.

NOTE: If you put a check mark in the "Map" column, it will show where all the members of your team are located.

14. SparkPeople's Internet Safety Tips
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=674



HOW TO USE SPARKPOINTS

It may initially sound silly, but earning Sparkpoints really is a good motivation tool. Then, you can use Sparkpoints to send goodies to friends, which are also motivational. Most of the list under the heading My Trackers/Sparkpoints is self-explanatory, but I was confused about how to get points for emails. You don't get them for Sparkmail emails. IF you have the items checked that would go to your regular email, like daily recipes, daily exercises, etc., look at the bottom left corner. It is VERY easy to overlook, but it says, "Click here to receive SparkPoints."

I'm sure there are many other helpful hints that I've missed, but I hope having these links in one location will be helpful

Ronda
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DEBPRE16 1/4/2014 3:25PM

    Thank you for the blog. I'm going to start with the basics again and this blog really helped.

Debbie

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 1/4/2014 1:25PM

    an FYI re team map.... That application is no longer available... There is no team map, not sure why SP did not remove that check box when the application is no longer supported.

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 1/4/2014 12:53PM

    The one thing I didn't figure out for WEEKS after I joined was that there were messages attached to the goodies! I don't know how many people must've thought I was ignoring them, I didn't know there was a note attached to the goody.

That and streaks - didn't figure out how to work them til I'd been here two months.

But it's a lot to figure out when you're still trying to find your way around.

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LADYWYNDY 1/2/2014 10:26AM

    Great source, thanks Rhonda. You really did your homework. emoticon

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KKLENNERT809 1/1/2014 10:58PM

    Wow, I've been a member for sometime now and still learned some new things from this blog.. Way to go and thank you! emoticon

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SHELTIE2013 1/1/2014 2:22PM

    Well done with this blog xxxx

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SINFULLYQUAINT 1/1/2014 2:10PM

    Great blog! I've been sparking for ages and this was a great reminder for me too of some resources I'd forgotten about. Thanks!

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SINGINGLADY47 1/1/2014 1:47PM

    emoticon I saw some things here that I did not know. Thank you, Ronda

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2BDYNAMIC 1/1/2014 7:50AM

    Boy! Am I glad to see this!!! I love to welcome new members and if you don't mind, I will point them to this blog (?) so they can navigate around. (I know when I began it seemed overwhelming!! ................... 2B .......... emoticon

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PURPLEPEONY 12/31/2013 9:34PM

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2013 9:18PM

    Great!

Happy New Year.

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SUNFLOWERGAMMY 12/31/2013 4:19PM

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TIFALVA 12/31/2013 9:30AM

    This is so great! Wish this was around when I started my journey on here. Reading your blog there were a couple I didn't know about an am going to look in to right now! Thank you for sharing this :)

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MOMO7YROLD 12/31/2013 6:29AM

    emoticon Ronda for posting this blog and doing the leg work for everyone. This is very useful. This should help alot of people. emoticon

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HEISTHEANSWER 12/31/2013 6:02AM

    This is a very needful tool, Rhonda why don't you link this to a new thread on our team for all of our members to be reminded of it often.
Thank you again. It is truly awesome.

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DELLMEL 12/31/2013 5:44AM

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IGNITEME101 12/31/2013 1:52AM

    Ronda, I still have never taken the time to figure out how to properly yse the fitness tracker. It will be important with the upcoming January challenge, I bet. Guess I won't have an excuse not to figure it out now. ;)
This is a great idea!

Comment edited on: 12/31/2013 1:54:33 AM

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LOSE4LIFE47 12/31/2013 1:42AM

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HABITATVITALITY 12/31/2013 1:41AM

    Weird, as soon as I commented, all the links are now blue and working.... xx

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HABITATVITALITY 12/31/2013 1:39AM

    That is awesome - some of the links aren't working i.e they aren't automatic............

What a great resource, another keeper! Thanks busy bee!


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