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Top 10 Things You'd Be Surprised You Can Do at SparkPeople

Some of our Best Tools are Totally Unexpected

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6. Vote for the best blogs. Sometimes you read someone's blog and think, "Wow! That was so good, other people should read it, too." Well, you can help them find it by clicking the  "I Liked This" button at the bottom of the blog. When enough members agree, it will show up on the list of popular blog posts. Checking out this page regularly can lead you to blogs that are inspiring, raise important questions, or show you that others are going through similar experiences.

7. See your monthly progress at a glance. The SparkSummary Calendar is an interactive tool that allows you to see how you've been doing so far this month along with the activities that are planned for the days ahead. You can customize what items you'd like to see on your calendar, such as fitness minutes, calories eaten, SparkPoints, and more.

8. Upload a video blog. Any member with a SparkPage can upload a video blog. Whether you are demonstrating something or just discussing your progress and how you're feeling, video blogs are another way to communicate with other members and document your healthy lifestyle journey.

9. Learn the secrets of our most popular tools. This series of four site tutorial videos will help you learn about the key tools SparkPeople has to offer. The videos cover the basics of the Nutrition and Fitness trackers, your Start page, and the SparkPeople Community features.

10. Find motivation when things get tough. Check out SparkPeople's motivational quotations, a large collection of inspiring words about a variety of topics such as friendship, determination, and more.

If you're new to SparkPeople, the Getting Started Guide will introduce you to some of the site's key tools and features, so take your time getting familiar with everything. If you want to be in the know when we release new features and updates, follow the SparkPeople Blog. That's where we make announcements about all of the new and exciting things happening on the site and offer tips for using and finding the new features we create.

The site is changing every day in response to member requests and needs. We do our best to offer the tools and resources you need to reach all of your goals, and hope you take advantage of everything SparkPeople has to offer!
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Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

Member Comments

  • Jen I did not know about the monthly calendar. How do I access it from the drop down menus? - 5/11/2016 7:33:49 AM
  • Helpful article. - 1/21/2015 4:37:21 PM
  • I had no idea about the map your route or the calendar. I gave no idea how to find them except through this article so I guess I'll just save the article. That map thing is AWESOME!!! - 12/27/2014 10:04:18 PM
  • I use most of these, but the appt. reminder and calendar were new to me. Thanks. - 7/19/2014 10:31:44 PM
  • Thank you for the link to the Calendar. I was just looking for it and could not find it, that is great timing! I am still not sure how to find it, but at least I know it is still there. - 7/13/2014 7:56:11 AM
  • I used to use the reminder feature but haven't done so lately. It actually was convenient to receive email reminders about things that had to be done (i.e. return library books). - 4/6/2014 9:13:03 PM
  • A search for a good walking map tool was what let me find Sparkpeople! I do wish the Calender feature weren't so buried in menus though
    - 4/6/2014 3:24:20 AM
  • The Calendar is for sure an awesome feature & one I never knew existed. I think SPARK should move it somewhere MUCH easier to access since this is a tool most people are familiar with & would be more apt to use! Hint Hint!

    Thanks All! - 1/2/2014 9:14:40 AM
  • At the top of the Spark page, click on "My Trackers," click on "Reports." Scroll down and click on "My SparkSummary Calendar." I use it often, and find it very helpful in working toward goals. - 12/11/2013 8:59:50 AM
  • Wow! I had NO IDEA about the Spark Summary Calendar. I can see this being extremely helpful to keeping me motivated. How do I get to it? - 12/11/2013 5:53:10 AM
    My doctor referred me to SparkPeople and I am so glad I did. I am eating healthier, reading labels and tracking my progress. Thank you SparkPeople! - 5/4/2013 11:20:52 PM
  • JNJ300
    I never knew about the SparkSummary Calendar - nice!!!
    But, I don't see how to get to the calendar by any of the top menu links? - 5/4/2013 8:43:37 PM
  • Great overview of features, but I wish you would have included how to find them. I liked the calendar with the quick overview of how many points, minutes, etc I was getting each day, but now I'm going to have to search around to figure out how to get to it without clicking on the link in this article. - 5/4/2013 9:15:22 AM
    I love!! Keep learning new things all the time! Still haven;t figured out how to create my own spark page. - 5/4/2013 8:54:02 AM
  • Wow - I've been a member for almost two years now and I didn't know until reading this that you could map your route! How neat! Very excited about this feature! - 1/24/2013 6:32:45 PM

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