SP_STAFF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SP%5FSTAFF SP_STAFF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ DailySpark is Now 'The SparkPeople Blog' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323929 Happy Monday, everyone! <BR> <BR> Today we are happy to announce a new change that will make your SparkPeople experience even easier! <BR> <BR> As of today our DailySpark blog, which we launched as the separate website DailySpark.com in 2008, is moving to SparkPeople.com. Now you can read all of our great blog posts <a href= http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/index.asp>right here at SparkPeople</a> without having to click away to another site. It's also getting a new name: The SparkPeople Blo... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:39:51 EST The latest news from SparkPeople, plus 500 SparkPoints! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294839 Have you given up on dieting time and time again? Have you lost weight and gained it back? Are you just plain sick and tired of starting over? <BR> <BR> If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’ll be excited to hear our latest news. <b>SparkPeople wrote another book!</b> WooHoo! <BR> <BR> <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/linkexchange.asp?ic=84&il=14998&lnk=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Esparkpeople%2Ecom%2Fsparksolution%2Fdefault%2Easp" target="_blank"><b><i>The Spark Solution</i></b><... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:33:22 EST Take 10 Seconds to Help SparkPeople Take Home a Top Prize! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275688 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1417871009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning, Sparkers! We hope everyone is staying warm and safe after the snowy weather that hit a large portion of the country overnight. <BR> <BR> Today we're asking a favor that'll take you just a few seconds of time, but could make a big difference in Spreading the Spark far and wide! <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's <a href= http://www.sparkpeople.com/linkexchange.asp?ic=76&il=13266&lnk=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Esparkpeo... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 10:06:41 EST Win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272417 Here's a super easy way to <b>enter to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards.</b> All you have to do is sign up for our Special Offers email newsletter by March 15, 2013 to be entered to win! <BR> <BR> By subscribing to this email, you'll discover special deals and coupons from both SparkPeople partners and advertisers who help us keep the site free! Rest assured, we will never share your address with anyone else. Here’s what two members recently told us about receiving this email: <BR> <B... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:48:05 EST Spread the Spark in 2 Seconds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239047 Good evening, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Today we added a "share" functionality to your <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutrition.asp" target="_blank">Nutrition Tracker</a> page. You'll see it on the top left of the page as indicated here by the arrow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1790751888.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We want to clarify that by sharing this page via Pinterest or Facebook, your personal data will NOT be shared. No one will see information about y... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 17:08:08 EST NEW: Sync Your BodyMedia Device to Your SparkPeople Account! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220375 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250516952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good afternoon, SparkPeople! <br> <BR> Today, we'd like to announce that we're partnering up with the folks over at <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=89075978&iu=/6635/spark.sponsorship" target="_blank">BodyMedia</a> to provide you with another great tool to help you reach your goals. BodyMedia has a fantastic line of fitness tracking devices to help you wirelessly track your activity, calorie... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:42:54 EST 5 Easy Ways to Spread the SPARK (& Why You Should) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211615 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l468436046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We hope that all of you are off to a great start toward reaching your goals this January! Hopefully SparkPeople's trackers, resources, community features and coaching tools have helped you make some progress during these first few weeks of 2013. <BR> <BR> As you know, SparkPeople is a FREE website because our mission is to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals. We try to keep our costs as low as possible ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:36:15 EST 2 Great Deals on 1 Great DVD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188473 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1113601200.jpg"> <BR> Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> On behalf of everyone at SparkPeople, we want to wish you a Happy & Healthy New Year! Whatever your goals, we are here to help. <BR> <BR> For those of you who are planning to get fit, tone up and lose weight in 2013, we wanted to make sure you knew about <b>2 Great Deals</b> happening this month on our new <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/linkexchange.asp?ic=76&il=13264&lnk=http%3A%2F%2Fww... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:41:42 EST Introducing 2 New SparkCoach Programs for Plateaus & Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151572 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l844444860.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <a href=http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_articles.asp?id=1119>We launched SparkCoach</a> back in August with a single program track: the SparkDiet, and our members have responded in an overwhelmingly positive way to the feature and the video-based coaching program. Thank you for your support! <BR> <BR> The last several months, your coaches have been hard at work developing new programs for SparkCoac... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:23:16 EST Hurry! Sign Up for the 12 Days of Cookies Emails Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150509 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461825962.jpg"><br> <BR> It's the most wonderful time of year: The <b>12 Days of Holiday Cookies emails</b> are almost upon us! Starting Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 12 in our <b>Recipe of the Day</b> email, you'll get a tasty holiday treat in your email inbox each morning--and these recipes are a step above the rest. They're not only tasty, but they are a little healthier than most cookies, too. <br><br> <BR> This year we updated our li... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:32:45 EST Share Your Fitness Tracking on Facebook (completely optional) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148192 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1827324942.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> We made it easier to share the fitness activity you track on SparkPeople with your Facebook friends. To do this you can: <BR> - Search for and select an activity as you normally do <BR> - After you enter your minutes, you can check the "Post to Facebook" button to the right of the tracker <BR> - The first time you do this, you'll need to grant access to your Facebook account for SparkPeople... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:55:41 EST Help SparkPeople with Your Holiday Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141444 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461825962.jpg"><br> <BR> With the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season upon us, we want to share with you two simple ways that you can help SparkPeople while you shop.<br /> <BR> SparkPeople.com is committed to remaining 100% free, and one easy way we do that is with our Amazon.com Affiliate program. When you see links to Amazon on dailySpark.com and elsewhere on the site, those have an affiliate code embedded in them. That mean... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:20:38 EST Listen While You Spark (or Anytime) with SparkPeople Radio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124913 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461825962.jpg"><br><br> <BR> Hey, SparkPeople members! <br><br> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1693168788.jpg"> <BR> Are you ready to get sparked like you've never been sparked before?<br /> <BR> We're excited to announce the launch of <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sparkradio.asp">SparkPeople Radio</a> , a premium on-demand radio show that lets you listen to our latest and greatest content anytime! Thi... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:12:44 EST You Can Now Connect Your Fitbit to SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100045 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l723985223.jpg"> <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Today we are THRILLED to announce that we have partnered with <a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?u=675652&b=301421&m=31379&afftrack=plptop1&urllink=www%2Efitbit%2Ecom%2Fstore" target ="_blank">Fitbit</a> , 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 f... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:32:02 EST Thank You for Voting for SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619737187.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, we told you that SparkPeople was a finalist in the OMMA Awards (Online Media, Marketing & Advertising) for Website Excellence. <a href=" http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=help_sparkpeople_win_a_members_choice_award" target="_blank">We asked you to help us</a> Spread the Spark by logging on and voting for us in the Members' Choice Award category. <BR> <BR> And vote you did! SparkPeople... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 21:59:58 EST New, Better-than-Ever Videos--Plus SparkPoints for Watching! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034388 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495877138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning, everyone! <BR> <BR> We're excited to unveil today a redesign of <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos.asp" target="_blank">our video pages</a> ! Our videos are now easier to browse, thanks to tags and categories that separate them by body focus, intensity level, type of workout/video and more. <BR> <BR> We've also added new videos from our partner Everwell that cover various nutrition... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:46:30 EST Check Out SparkPeople's Coach Nicole in SELF Magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033153 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l845786767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> In case you haven't heard the news yet, we're thrilled to tell you that Coach Nicole is currently featured in the September issue of SELF magazine—on newsstands now. Our very own fitness expert designed the cardio and strengthening workout plan for the <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/linkexchange.asp?ic=72&il=11652&lnk=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eself%2Ecom%2Fclub" target="_blank">S... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:16:01 EST Half Her Size! Watch Clip of Member on 'Today' Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983177 We <a href=http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980685>recently told you about Angela</a> (<a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=4A-HEALTHY-BMI">4A-HEALTHY-BMI</a> ), the amazing SparkPeople member who was scheduled to appear on the "Today" show on Monday (July 23) as the newest inductee of the Joy Fit Club. She had a great appearance and made everyone at SparkPeople so proud. For those who missed the story, here is a link to the video so you c... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:14:48 EST Member on Today Show on Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980685 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461825962.jpg"><br><br> <BR> Hey, SparkPeople members! <br><br> <BR> Great news: One of our members is going to be on the Today Show. <br><br> <BR> Angela (4A-HEALTHY-BMI) will be featured in the Joy Fit Club during the final hour of the show on <b>Monday, July 23</b>. Her story is pretty incredible, but you'll have to watch to learn the details! Be sure to tune in to cheer her on! <br><br> <BR> SparkCheers and enjoy the rest of your weekend... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:42:39 EST Here's your chance to be on the SparkPeople homepage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977422 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l817011256.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here at SparkPeople, there is nothing we love more than hearing about our members’ successes. Not only we do we want to hear how SparkPeople has improved your life, but we also want to see what healthy choices and lifestyles really look like! <BR> <BR> We know that it took a lot of hard work, sweat, and motivation to get to where you are today, and it’s time to share your success story with the world! <b>Send us y... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:08:04 EST SparkPeople Deals: Deep Discounts and a Chance to Win a Kindle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952190 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166658008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We’re excited to introduce you to <b>SparkPeople Deals</b>: Hand-Picked Deals from SparkPeople Experts. <BR> <BR> This new program allows us to provide SparkPeople members with great discounts on health, fitness, family, and food products for your healthy lifestyle. We’ve teamed up with national partners to bring you products that will help you reach your goals and live life to the fullest! <BR> <BR> <a href="h... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:35:27 EST HUNDREDS of New & Improved Motivational Quotes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941572 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783256255.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Today we are so excited to announce an upgrade to our popular Motivational Quotes feature. We have created and added HUNDREDS of new quotes to inspire you to reach your goals and live a fit, healthy life. And we've renamed the feature, too. It's now called <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes.asp" target="_blank">Healthy Inspiration</a> from SparkPeople. The ima... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:10:15 EST Fitness Tracker Enhancements Launched Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934453 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l477669232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <b>Update April 2013</b> <BR> We made a change to the site so that all members get our new Fitness tracker. We have made a lot of improvements to the new tracker, so it should only add to your experience. However, if you have any problems or issues, please email support@sparkpeople.com. <BR> <BR> <BR> <b>Original Announcement in June 2012</b> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> We are happy to announce we made some upgr... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:51:25 EST Chat with Dietitian Becky this Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922820 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l475487226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Join SparkPeople’s very own Registered Dietitian, Becky Hand, this <b>Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m.</b> (EST) for her first SparkPeople LIVE! Special Event. During this live, hour-long presentation, she’ll be sharing tips on how to <b>Avoid Mealtime Mayhem!</b> <BR> <BR> In our hurried and over-committed society, mealtimes have all but vanished and the kitchen often goes unused. In this special presentation, Dietiti... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 07:36:19 EST Introducing SparkPeople’s Ultimate Grilling Guide! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907200 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l854658440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s hard to believe that it’s already June 1, and that means it’s officially grilling season! As the temperatures continue to rise, preparing meals outside on the barbecue sounds more and more appealing. <BR> <BR> But many times, grilling results in burned hockey-puck burgers and undercooked, bland chicken. Learn how to avoid these mistakes and make your grill work for you—<i>and your healthy living goals</i>– w... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 10:32:58 EST New features on SparkPeople's iPhone app! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905583 We’re excited to announce these new upgrades to our FREE SparkPeople iPhone app: <BR> <BR> <b>Offline Tracking:</b> You can now track your foods, fitness, weight and water whether or not you have an internet connection on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Any tracking information you enter while offline will be synced to your account automatically once you are connected again and will be available to view on the website. <BR> <BR> <b>Updated Retina Display:</b> We have also updated our graphics... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:57:08 EST Updated version of iPhone Tracker available - problems fixed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873646 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l610716204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> Last week we released an updated version of our iPhone Diet & Fitness Tracker application, but after release we released some members were having technical issues. We submitted a fix to Apple right away, and they approved and made available the corrected version last night. <BR> <BR> So for everyone, whether you had trouble or not, you can now download the updated version. You can go to "Upd... Wed, 9 May 2012 09:35:24 EST Introducing our first FREE e-book – just in time for Mother’s Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870776 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171790862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To celebrate Mother's Day this year, we're giving you a sneak peek into "The SparkPeople Cookbook” with our first <b>FREE e-book,</b> <a href="http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/148325" target="_blank">"Light and Easy Mother's Day Brunch Recipes from SparkPeople,"</a> written by Chef Meg. These light and delicious brunch recipes are easy enough for dad and the kids to cook up, but will make mom feel special and ... Mon, 7 May 2012 15:07:12 EST New design to Start page launched today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853403 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l585007948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed, we have a slightly updated design to our "Start" page where you are taken after logging into SparkPeople. The overall functionality and all the links are the same. However, we did an extensive amount of testing the page with both new and experienced members to find some things that were not as intuitive as we would like. We also added a small "Hide" link by each sec... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:23:57 EST Be the first to learn about a new SparkPeople feature! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830321 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l207980831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn’t it awesome when you’re part of the “in” crowd? Like when you get exclusive offers or are the first to know about something new? Now is your chance! Be the first to learn about a new SparkPeople feature, <b>SparkGuy’s Army,</b> directly from SparkGuy himself! <BR> <BR> He’ll be presenting this new feature and asking for your feedback and input at his SparkPeople LIVE! Special Event on <b>Thursday April 12 at ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:42:16 EST SparkPeople Articles Get a Facelift! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828645 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l159333254.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Today you may have noticed that SparkPeople's articles (<a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1720">here is one example</a> ) got a facelift this morning! Today we improved the look and function of our article pages. <BR> <BR> Some of the things you may notice are: <BR> <BR> - Larger, bolder images at the top <BR> - An easy-to-find "share" bar ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:47:42 EST Our First E-Book: Now on the NOOK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816501 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109495550.jpg"> <BR> <br><br> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l474206381.jpg"><br><br> <BR> HI, everyone! Last month, I was thrilled to announce the launch of our first ebook, "Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople." <BR> Find out more about it here: <link>http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?p<BR>ost=the_nostress_noguilt_approach_to_m<BR>eatless_meals </link> . <BR> <BR> Until this week, it was available only on Amazon (... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 10:30:09 EST SparkPeople DVD Reaches #1, Save 53% When You Buy Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789121 Great news! <BR> <BR> Thanks to YOU, SparkPeople's DVD <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/linkexchange.asp?ic=57&il=8760&lnk=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eamazon%2Ecom%2FSparkPeople28DayBootCamp" target="_blank">“28 Day Boot Camp with Coach Nicole"</a> was the #1 selling workout DVD on amazon.com yesterday! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982831064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are down to #2, but with your help (and an amazing deal from <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/linke... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:44:24 EST SparkPeople's First Original E-Book is Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759459 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109495550.jpg"> <BR> <br><br> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l474206381.jpg"><br><br> <BR> HI, everyone! We're thrilled to announce the launch of our first ebook, "Easy Vegan Meals by SparkPeople." <BR> Find out more about it here: <link>http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?p<BR>ost=the_nostress_noguilt_approach_to_m<BR>eatless_meals </link> and preview/download it here: <link>http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Vegan-Mea<B... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:18:12 EST Tweaks to SparkPage Design Launched This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753156 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243050115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> We launched some small tweaks to our SparkPage and member blogs pages this week. We changed the top of the page to: <BR> - Move the SparkPeople menu items (My Trackers, Healthy Lifestyle, etc) to the top <BR> - Added member profile pics to the top <BR> - Add your SparkPoints count and trophy to the top <BR> <BR> We made these changes to make the pages look cleaner and to make the page more ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:42:59 EST SparkPeople Newsletters Get an Upgrade This Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4736852 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l822766501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last week <a href= http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730340>we announced</a> 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 <b>Wednesday, Feb. 15</b>, we'll be unveiling some upgrades to SparkPeople's newsletters! These changes affect our daily newsletter, which many of you subsc... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:25:26 EST Introducing 'SparkPeople Funnies' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730340 Good morning, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619843462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today we added some great health, fitness and diet cartoons to our website. We're calling them the "SparkPeople Funnies!" You can find all of the cartoons in the Wellness section of our website (under the Healthy Lifestyle tab at the top of the site) or by clicking here: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>funnies.asp </link> <BR> <BR> You'll find some "SparkPeople... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 09:58:06 EST Announcing: New SparkLeaders! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720696 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l387177469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you are a regular visitor to SparkPeople, you’ve probably heard about one of our newest features, <b>SparkPeople LIVE! Online Support and Motivation Meetings</b> – or LIVE! meetings for short. <BR> <BR> One of the best features about the LIVE! meetings is that all the classes are led by current SparkPeople members just like you! Combined, our leaders have lost over 500 pounds by following the SparkPeople progra... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 16:00:00 EST Share SparkPeople Status Updates on Facebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778954886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wanted to let everyone know about a small change we just made to make it easier for anyone to share their SparkPeople status updates on Facebook, as well. This is a feature that we've had for a long time, but it was previously a bit hard to find. <BR> <BR> The enhancement now makes this feature really easy for anyone to use! The next time you update your SparkPeople status you'll see the option to "Post to Facebo... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:28:33 EST Chat With Coach Nicole Online Thursday Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700688 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262159720.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you always wanted the opportunity to ask Coach Nicole a question about your workout plan? Now is your chance! <br><br> Join her this <b>Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m. (EST)</b> for her very first <BR> <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/live.asp" target="_blank">SparkPeople LIVE Special Event</a> ! During this live, hour-long class, she’ll be sharing tips on how to create a workout plan that works for... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:32:41 EST Tune In to Watch Chef Meg on 'The Doctors' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689602 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109495550.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496147624.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l923129627.jpg"> <BR> <b>Chef Meg</b> <BR> Great news: Chef Meg will be on <a href="http://www.thedoctorstv.com/main/home_page" target="_blank">The Doctors</a> on <strong>Thursday, January 19</strong>, to talk about "<a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/linkexchange.asp?ic=29&il=4739&lnk=http%3A%2F%... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:06:55 EST New FREE App for iPhone: Inspirational Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686876 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l981335822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We're excited to announce the release of SparkPeople's latest Smartphone app: Inspirational Quote of the Day. If you love our motivational quotes, then this app is for you! It's now available for free via the iTunes app store. <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inspirational-quote-day-by/id490681452?mt=8" target="_blank">Click here to download your free app now!</a> <BR> <BR> Please note that this app is cur... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:12:59 EST Coach Nicole's DVD Available at Target: Save $3, Earn 250 SparkPoints! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642911 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511193682.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning, SparkPeople! Coach Nicole here with a BIG announcement. <BR> <BR> I am thrilled to say that my new SparkPeople workout DVD is now available! As if that news wasn't exciting enough, there's more: You'll also find it at every Target store nationwide. [Happy dance!] That's right, "<a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com/linkexchange.asp?ic=57&il=6956&lnk=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Esparkpeople%2Ecom%2Fmyspark%2F28da... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:11:05 EST Watch SparkPeople Member Tiffany Monique Singing on VH1 Tonight! Get Her New Single for Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631615 <b>By Bruce Corwin, SparkPeople Communications Director</b> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l573484762.jpg">Great news! SparkPeople has three more reasons to be happy for and proud of Tiffany Monique (AKApella13) <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as<BR>p?id=AKApella13 </link> , the backup singer for Beyonce we introduced you to several months ago. She has reached her weight-loss goal, having lost 90 pounds using SparkPeople.com. She has a fantastic new ... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 14:44:40 EST SparkRecipes Gets a Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593928 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109495550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! Have you visited SparkRecipes.com yet today? <BR> <BR> If so, you might notice some new features. We gave the site a bit of an update to highlight all the useful, tasty content--recipes, videos, blogs, and more! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l714018195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You'll have to head on over there to see everything, but here's a sneak peek: <BR> <li> <b>New vid... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 12:38:40 EST Trick or Treat Trot Virtual 5k Winners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4586872 We are excited to announce the winners of the Trick or Treat Trot Virtual 5k! <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/t<BR>ricktreat5k.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Members who signed up for the Trick or Treat Trot and entered their race time were included in the contest. The winners, listed below, were randomly selected: <BR> <BR> $100 gift certificate to Zappos.com <BR> HOLLYS-DOIN-IT <BR> <BR> The SparkPeople Cookbook <BR> HICALGAL <BR> GOURMETLOSER <BR> JAMIERENAUD <BR> DREAM... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:25:22 EST Tune in to Watch Chef Meg! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578134 WooHoo! Chef Meg, author of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight," is doing a national TV tour! <BR> <BR> Tune in the morning of MONDAY NOV. 14TH to hear Chef Meg talk about delicious and healthy holiday side dishes from “The SparkPeople Cookbook”! <BR> <BR> <em>756</em> <BR> <BR> Here are the local listings for exact times and stations in your area: <BR> <BR> 7:10am Mason City, IA KIMT CBS KIMT Morning News <BR> 8:05 Rochester, NY WHAM CW 13 WHAM News This Mornin... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:01:52 EST Win an iPad 2, Meet Coach Nicole, and Earn 500 SparkPoints! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554467 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l983076396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <b>SparkRally Nov. 6: Meet Coach Nicole in Chicago—and Win Prizes!</b> <BR> <BR> Don't miss your chance to meet Coach Nicole in person and win some really cool prizes for your healthy lifestyle. Mark your calendar and save the date for this fun-filled fitness event. <BR> <BR> What: Chicago SparkRally with Coach Nicole! <BR> When: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 (1 – 4 pm) <BR> Where: <a href="http://stores.bestbuy.com/301/"... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:11:56 EST Refer-a-Friend Contest Winners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551030 Did you participate in our Refer-a-Friend contest? You might be a winner! <BR> <BR> From September 15 through October 15, we hosted the Refer-a-Friend contest. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/refer_a_<BR>friend.asp </link> <BR> <BR> For every new member who entered your SparkPeople username during registration, you were awarded 25 SparkPoints and entered into a drawing to win SparkPeople prizes! <BR> <BR> For the referral to count, the new member must have entered a valid... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 15:10:13 EST New Feature - Suggested SparkPages - Tell Us How its Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530139 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l423279761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's research shows that members who are active in the Community with SparkPeople friends are exponentially more successful. We are always then looking for new ways to help members get more out of the Community. <BR> <BR> We launched a feature today where we now suggest SparkPeople members who could be good friends for you to add. We base our suggestions on a number of things such as mutual SparkTeams, mu... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 11:18:55 EST