SparkPeoplePR's SparkPeople Blog SparkPeoplePR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Notable SparkPeople Media Coverage Since June 2011 <a href=""target="_blank">Shape Online Magazine- Trainers Who Used To Be Overweight</a> <BR> Shape magazine (online edition) <BR> March 8, 2013 <BR> Check out Nancy Anne Martin's (NANCYANNE55) weight loss success story in this segment featuring fitness trainers who used to be overweight <BR> <BR> <a href=""ta... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:49:50 EST Husband and Wife Team Gets Largest SparkPeople Success Story Ever in Woman's Day Husband and wife team Anne <a href="" target="_blank">(MIAMIA7)</a> and Bob Dawson <a href="" target="_blank">(BOBBYD31)</a> lost more than 140 pounds combined and landed in Woman's Day in a four-page feature on their weight-loss journey. It was the longest SparkPeople success story ever in any publication! It will be on newsstands through the first week of June. Don't miss it! <BR> Sat, 14 May 2011 15:23:52 EST SparkPeople's New SVP of Sales featured in Ad Age and paidContent SparkPeople recently hired a world-class Senior Vice President of Sales, Eileen Mulloy. SparkPeople's audience is growing rapidly and revenue generation allows us to pour more resources into enhancing the site for members. You can read more about Eileen at two leading news outlets that covered her joining SparkPeople: <a href="" target="_blank">AdvertisingAge</a> and <a href=" Sat, 14 May 2011 15:02:18 EST SparkPeople Member Rae Goodman is a Beautiful Bride in USA Today At 225 pounds, Rae Goodman never imagined she'd be 90 pounds lighter on her wedding day and appear in USA Today in her wedding dress. But with SparkPeople, anything is possible. Read about Rae's fairy-tale wedding at story at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Mon, 2 May 2011 16:54:24 EST Michelle Swift (PURELYSHELL) Featured on and in The Spark Paperback Michelle Swift <a href="" target="_blank">(PURELYSHELL)</a> gave up her love for buffets and broke a pattern of yo-yo dieting after finding parkPeople. "The resources and the community gave me the tools I needed to lose it for good." You can read more about Michelle on AOL's weight-loss site <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and in the paperb... Mon, 2 May 2011 14:24:40 EST Two Best Friends Featured On For Losing 90 Pounds <a href=""_blank">TIAGAYEPFA</a> (Tia) and her best friend Grace were already joined at the hip. Unfortunately, they both thought their hips were way too large! “We do everything together: work, go to church, socialize and eat out at restaurants,” says Tia. “So it made sense that we would lose weight together when we both decided we were ready for a change.” So they headed for the gym and logged onto SparkPeople. A combined 90 lost pound... Mon, 2 May 2011 12:08:04 EST Lisa Powell (SKINNYPOWELL) Featured In FIRST For Women magazine member Lisa Powell (<a href="" target="_blank">SKINNYPOWELL1</a> ) went from skipping events at her daughter's school due to exhaustion and embarrassment to feeling "like the Energizer Bunny" after losing 94 pounds with the help of Learn what habits she changed in the current issue of FIRST for Women magazine, which will be on newsstands until February 21st! (Story is not on the Web). <BR> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:13:12 EST Michelle Arellano (SMALLTOWNMOMMY) Featured in Shape Magazine In this month's issue of Shape magazine, Michelle Arellano (SMALLTOWNMOMMY) tells the story of how a down-on-herself mom morphed into a kick-boxer extraordinaire, losing 82 and gaining self-esteem along the way, all with the help of Read the story <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> and see the full spread in the magazine, on sale through the third week o... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 17:00:01 EST SparkGuy Makes New Year's Resolution in Washington Post It's always dangerous to make New Year's resolutions, but SparkPeople Founder and CEO Chris "SparkGuy" Downie didn't shy away from being quoted about his in this <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Post article</a> , where he said, "One area our family always tries to keep improving is getting more vegetable servings in our diet. One way we'll do this this year is by involving our kids even more in selecting... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:25:56 EST SparkPeople Member Christina Cores (TINYBUBBLES4) Featured on Cover of PEOPLE SparkPeople Member Christina Cores <a href="" target="_blank">TINYBUBBLES4</a> made history by becoming the first the first SparkPeople member on the cover of PEOPLE's Half Their Size issue! Christina then also appeared on <i>ET</i>, <i>Extra</i>, <i>Inside Edition</i> and the <i>Today</i> show. As she told PEOPLE, "I needed a support system, so I got on It was so inspirational." Read the article <a href=... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:34:04 EST SparkGuy Named Champion of Health and Fitness 2010 by Fitness Magazine SparkPeople Founder and CEO Chris "SparkGuy" Downie was honored as one of ten Champions of Health and Fitness 2010 by <a href="" target="_blank">Fitness Magazine</a> along with the likes of US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, chef Jamie Oliver and actress Jessica Biel. As Fitness put it, "Chris Downie came up with an innovative way to turn those aha moments, or 'sparks,' into a business. Read the article <a href=" Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:00:24 EST Woman's Day Features SparkPeople Member Roni Yonka (RONIROO2U) One of our members, Roni Yonka (<a href="" target="_blank">RONIROO2U</a> ), was featured in the January issue of <a href="" target="_blank">Woman's Day</a> . Roni described how she used SparkPeople to lose 100 pounds and gained the confidence to go to business school and graudate with a 4.0 GPA. Roni is also featured in the "Strong Start Guide" -- the all-new bonus material in the just-released paperb... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:33:54 EST ThatsFit features member Ashley Wisniewski (VTCRICKET84) One of our members, Ashley Wisniewski (<a href="" target="_blank">VTCRICKET84</a> ), has found her voice as a regular blogger on AOL's ThatsFit, one of our favorite sites. In this week's post, Ashley said she participates in SparkPeople challenges every week. "The added accountability of my 30-plus teammates makes a huge impact on my ability to stay on track," she wrote. Read her blog <a href=" Fri, 15 Oct 2010 19:14:58 EST Today Show features member Renay Stafford (SPASTIC5466) Renay Stafford (<a href="" target="_blank">SPASTIC5466</a> ) was recently inducted into the Today Show's Joy Fit Club after going from 275 to 130 pounds--more than half her size! On the show, she touted how important her SparkPeople support network has been. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view the broadcast. <BR> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 16:44:20 EST features SparkPeople member Dana McKeen (ZIRCADIA) SparkPeople Member Dana McKeen (aka <a href="" target="_blank">ZIRCADIA</a> ) was recently featured on as a success story. She lost 110 pounds and kept it off for 2.5 years on SparkPeople! Dana credited, "Tracking my caloric intake with and exercising." Read the full article <a href="" target="_blank"... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 16:06:44 EST Marie Claire: SparkPeople is #1 Weight Loss Website! Marie Claire, a major woman's magazine, recently rated the <a href=" target="_blank">7 Best Websites for Weight Loss</a> . SparkPeople was #1! As the magazine put it, 'The site is packed with useful tools and resources for you to explore. ' Thu, 14 Oct 2010 15:45:46 EST Atlanta Journal Constitution: Kendra Bates of Marietta loses 116 pounds Recently, Atlanta's leading newspaper highlighted the success story of Kendra Bates, who lost 116 pounds! Here's an excerpt: "'As a registered nurse, I thought I knew how to eat but I must have slept through personal nutrition because I could give advice but not follow it.' She joined and ate what she wanted, but in moderation." Read the full article at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:45:41 EST US News and World Report: 5 Weight-Loss Websites That Work US News recently gave SparkPeople a thumbs-up in its review of weight-loss web sites, singling SparkPeople out as the only free site on its list. The magazine had high praise for our nutrition planning tools and the SparkPeople community. Read the full article at <a href=""_blank"></a> . <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:32:04 EST The Washington Post: Do you need a 'Spark' to lose that weight? Jennifer LaRue Huget writes a detailed analysis of SparkPeople as a program, a business and a grassroots movement. "Since I started writing about nutrition a few years ago, readers have often recommended SparkPeople as a weight-loss resource.... " Read the full story at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:36:09 EST Weekend Calories Wreck Your Diet Dietitian and exercise physiologist Kim Gorman, MS, RD, suggests keeping a food log and recommends SparkPeople a great option. Read the full article at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:31:28 EST Online Resources for Tracking Nutrition "Where there’s a Spark…: For anyone looking for nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free, is a destination not to miss. One if its highlights is a meal planner, where anyone busy watching their weight can glean recipe and snack ideas that fit within their selected calorie budget." Read the full article at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:27:10 EST NewsMaxHealth: The best websites for weight loss NewsMaxHealth recently named SparkPeople the #1 website for weight loss. Read their review at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:21:56 EST Recent Local Mentions by Experts While discussing tool & resources for losing weight at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> , Heather Hoffman, RD, LDN "recommended the website, which helps you track your progress and also provides daily feedback and motivation." <BR> <BR> From an article about the benefits of exercise for the student run newspaper the <a href="h... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:19:31 EST Fortune Magazine: The Facebook of dieting Fortune Magazine dives into the business of SparkPeople and examines how we "help millions of dieters lose weight – but not from their wallets."<a href="" target="_blank"></a> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:25:07 EST 7 Weight-Loss Transformations Two amazing & popular SparkPeople members Tony & Sheila have lost nearly 300 pounds together. Read a bit about their story as well as 6 other successful couples at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:21:05 EST Book Review of The Spark A full review of our NYT Best Selling book, The Spark: "SparkPeople is something of a game changer in the online health community. This book certainly bottles up the main principles on which SparkPeople's success is based." Read it at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:15:21 EST LA Times: A sensible approach to diet and exercise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The LA Times recently reviewed SparkPeople's new book & DVD. Read it on the Booster Shots blog at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 22:58:28 EST The Fat Man Walks Alone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> recently decided to investigate the surge in male dieters and they turned to SparkPeople & our CEO Chris Downie for insights & statistics. Read the article and see Chris' quote at <a href="" target="_print"></a> . Thu, 1 Apr 2010 22:51:37 EST Healthy & Fit Magazine: Too tough to fail! Lisa Marie Meltzer recently wrote a column about how to Diversion tactics to keep you from cheating on your diet and she suggested finding support from Read it at: <a herf="" target="_blank"></a> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 22:40:14 EST Skinny Scoopers: Feature SparkPeople Member The ladies at the Skinny Scoopers blog & podcast recently interviewed SparkPeople success story, Leah. Read & listen at p<a href="" target="_blank"></a> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 22:37:57 EST Daily Dose Weight Loss Success Secrets Abby Cuffey, Assistant Health Editor at Woman's Day shares her favorite secrets to success from <i>The Spark</i>. <a href="" target="_blank">Read it at</a> . Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:30:34 EST First for Women: Lose 100 LBS without Dieting First for Women, one of the largest circulation woman's magazines in the US, recently did a 6 page cover story about our NYT best selling book, <i>The Spark</i>, 4 great members who have lost over 100 pounds and the secrets to success that have helped thousands of SparkPeople members lose weight & get healthy. You can read a little bit about it at the <a href=""></a> or on newsstands. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:40:15 EST Health Magazine: How the Pro's Curb Food Cravings Health Magazine recently reached out to us to some advice from SparkPeople's founder, Chris Downie to share with their readers. Check out Chris' advice and the tips from the other experts at <a href=",,20349566_6,00.html" target="_blank"></a> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:36:39 EST Shop Smart Magazine: Get Fit On Any Budget Shop Smart Magazine (by Consumer Reports) compiled a great list of resources to help its readers get fit on any budget... including recommending SP: " is a free way to create personalized diet and fitness plans. Get access to YouTube powered videos of a certified trainer demonstrating new moves or a top chef preparing a healthful meal. " Download the PDF of the full article at <a href="" target="_blank"></... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:32:33 EST Marie Claire Magazine: Best Weight Loss Websites Marie Claire Magazine scoured the web and tracked down the best websites to help you stay focused on your weight-loss and fitness goals. Best of all, all of the websites listed here are completely free to use. And guess who they selected as #1...! Read the full review at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:29:47 EST CNN: Virtual meetups spark real fitness CNN reports on SparkPeople from the perspective of a group who connected on the site and ran a marathon earlier this month. Full story at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Wed, 24 Feb 2010 13:46:03 EST Fox 19 Cincinnati: Coach Nicole Interview This morning, Coach Nicole appeared live on Cincinnati's FOX 19 station to share The Spark and talk about our new workout DVD, Fit, Firm and Fired Up. <BR> <BR> During the segment, she dishes two of the "Secrets of Success" from our SparkPeople members and demonstrated a couple quick and easy exercises that you can do at home. You can view the at <a href=" Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:30:17 EST NBC Local: Online help for keeping those New Year Resolutions Tech Reporter Mike Wendland (PC Mike) reviews the best resources for reaching your New Year's resolution in his syndicated NBC segment. Watch it at<a href="" target="_blank">PC</a> . Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:56:09 EST Cincinnati Enquirer: Local Web site's 1st book is bestseller <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The success of our new book, The Spark is starting to catch some attention. The Cincinnati Enquirer digs into the success of the book through interviews with SparkPeople's Founder/CEO, Chris Downie and recently appointed President, Tami Corwin. Read it at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:18:16 EST SparkPeople Helps Women Lose Weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The AOL owned & syndicated blog, featured 2 amazing SparkPeople members who have lost 62 and 107 pounds respectively. You can read their very detailed success stories here: <a href="" target="_blank"> Leah</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:15:38 EST WSJ & USA Today Book Lists <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our new book, The Spark, also found a place on both the Wall Street Journal's list of best selling hardcover books and the USA Today Best Selling Books Database. See the USA Today placement here: <a href="" target="_blank"> Best Selling Books Database</a> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:12:41 EST The New York Times: Best Seller List <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our new boo, The Spark. officially became a "New York Times Best Seller" during its third week of sales... see the full hardcover advice list here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:11:11 EST The Today Show: Keeping your resolutions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Yahoo Web Life editor mentioned SparkPeople on the Today Show in a segment about the best websites to visit to keep your New Year's Resolutions alive. Watch it here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:09:23 EST Good Housekeeping: Never Say Diet Again The February 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine featured an exclusive four page cover article summarizing our new book, The Spark, featuring three amazing success stories from the book and many of the best "secrets of success". Truly an amazing story, get a copy before it disappears from newsstands (and join The Spark sweepstakes while you're at it: <a href="" target="_blank">Good Housekeeping</a> <BR> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:06:15 EST All You Magazine: I lost 40 pounds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople member Serena Adams was featured in All You Magazine where she talks about her weight loss journey and the role that SparkPeople played in her success. Additionally our new book, The Spark, was featured as a way to "Get More Spark". Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:01:29 EST KSNT 27: Local Weight Loss Success SparkPeople success story Greg Gaul (KSIGMA1222) reached out to his local TV Station to talk about the new SparkPeople book, The Spark. Watch it at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:54:35 EST Skinny Scoopers: The Spark The Skinny Scoopers (Chris & Lisa) interview SparkPeople Founder and author of the new book, The Spark on their very entertaining PodCast... give it a listen:<a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:51:29 EST Diet Detective: 2010 Diet, Fitness, and Healthy Cookbooks The nationally syndicated columnist, Charles Stuart Platkin reviews the hottest diet books of 2010... including SparkPeople's new book, The Spark. Read it: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:48:16 EST Hungry Girl: New To Read Amazing friend of SparkPeople Lisa Lillien (aka Hungry Girl) featured the new SparkPeople book, The Spark, in her weekly newsletter to over a million loyal readers! Check it out: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:42:46 EST Today Show: Half Their Size Along with being featured in PEOPLE Magazine, Brandy Blackburn (BBANGEL1214) was also able to share her story on The Today Show! What the interview at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> . Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:40:33 EST