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SparkPeople Message Boards are Proven to Work!

Did you know that SparkPeople members who post on the Community Message Boards are more likely to lose weight than those who do not? In fact, in a recent survey, message board users lost more weight and stayed with the program longer than non-posters. Have you thought about using the Message Boards, but you’re just not sure how they might help you? 
There are a number of benefits to participating on the Message Boards, which serve as a great source of motivation and support as you work toward your goals. You’ll meet people going through similar experiences who help one another remain accountable and stay on-track. Just not sure whether you’re the “message board type”? Take a look and see what they have to offer—you might be surprised!
The boards are also a great place to get advice from the SparkPeople Resident Experts. Do you feel like you’re doing everything right but not seeing results? Are you having trouble getting motivated? Are you bored with your current workout routine? Not sure how to use a feature on the site? These are all issues the Experts (and fellow members) can help with! 
As effective as they are, Message Boards can be intimidating to a new user. Here are some tips to help you get started and make the best of your experience:
  • Take your time looking through the different forums and support groups. Everyone here is welcoming and wants to help one another, so feel free to pop into any of the threads and say hello! 
  • Start a new thread in the “Introduce Yourself” forum and soon many members will join the thread to welcome you!
  •  Personalize your experience.  Set up your member profile (including a picture) to help people get to know you. Your picture could be of you or anything else that represents who you are. 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help! 
We’re glad you are here and hope to see you on the Message Boards soon!
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About The Author

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.

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