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Tips for Using Your SparkTeam Page

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If you've joined a SparkTeam and want to become an active member of the Team, but aren't sure where to begin, then this guide is for you! We'll explain the SparkTeam basics so you can get the most out of your SparkTeam experience.

Finding and Accessing Your SparkTeams
You can access your SparkTeams in two easy ways. Both options will only work when you are logged in to SparkPeople.com.
  • Option 1: From your Start page. In Step 3, under the ''Quick Links'' heading on the  left side of the page, you'll see one of your SparkTeams listed with a dropdown menu to view all of them.  There is also a link to ''Join More SparkTeams,'' which will take you to your main SparkTeams page.
  • Option 2: From the Community tab. You can scroll over the Community tab at the top of any page on SparkPeople. From the dropdown menu, click on "SparkTeams" to get to your main SparkTeams page.
On your main SparkTeams page, you'll see a list of all the SparkTeams that you belong to. Click on the name of a Team to go to that Team's page.  

Click on Manage Team Preferences and you'll see checkboxes next to to each Team that you can check or uncheck at any time based on your preferences.
 
Using Your SparkTeam Page
  • Check off "New Member Notification" if you want to be emailed each time a new person joins your Team (otherwise, leave it unchecked).
  • Check off “New Wall Post Notification” if you want to be emailed each time a new wall post is started on your Team Wall (otherwise, leave it unchecked).
  • Check off "New Topic Notification" if you want to be emailed each time a new thread (message board topic) is started in your Team (otherwise, leave it unchecked).
  • Check off "Display on SparkPage" if you want the Team icon to show up on your SparkPage (otherwise, leave it unchecked).
  • Check off "Weekly Digest Email" if you want to receive a weekly summary of your Team's activity (otherwise, leave it unchecked).  Keep in mind that Teams with less than 10 members do not have Weekly Digest emails. 
  • Check off "Team SparkMail" if you want to receive SparkMails from your Team Leaders (otherwise, leave it unchecked). 

SparkTeam Stats
 Near the bottom right are the Team Stats, which show how many SparkPoints and fitness minutes your team has collected.

  • Click "Team Leaderboards" to see the SparkPoints totals for each Team member.
  • Click "See Category Leaders" to see how your Team's total points rank compared to other Teams in its respective category.

SparkTeam Wall
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  • Just started 2 days ago and loving it! I have played around the site and still finding how to use all the information myself. GOOD Luck to you all. - 10/1/2013 4:53:37 PM
  • CAROLMAXX
    I just printed out all of the pages in this article. Thanks for the info. I am a new member and this really helps. - 4/14/2013 10:47:09 AM
  • Thank you for this info sheet, I have been on Spark a long long time, but, never had the time to figure out how to do the stuff you have on the sheet, great help.

    THANK YOU!!!!!

    Helen A. - 2/10/2013 11:09:00 AM
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    I'm new,still have not learned how to use site,like. Are there places to find recipes ? In fact I don't even recall what my site name is,but I can tell you this much I lost a lot of weight 10years ago on low carb got really sic with stomach issues lost a lot of weight too much ,started drug to help me eat ( mottilim)have gained 60lbs that I can't get off also found out that I have hyshemottos disease (low thyroid) and last week found out I have insulin resistance ,so I'm overloaded and severly depressed ,nothing I'm doing is helping me lose weight I look awful don't want to leave the house and I also have myotonia dytropy (M.D.). - 8/7/2012 11:46:57 AM
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  • NANCYRUBIO
    SP is a great help in losing weight! - 4/27/2012 8:39:16 AM
  • I'm new too.....Great to be here with everyone. Thanks for the information. - 7/5/2011 8:45:33 PM
  • I really appreciate this article! I belong to several teams, but now I realize that I wasn't aware of several excellent features of the "team" tool. The leader of one of my teams asked me to make sure to sign up on the "team map". I thought: "What's that?". A quick search provided the answer (and many others!) Now I'm off to the team map. Thank you. :-) - 10/7/2010 7:30:36 PM
  • This article needs to be updated, this is really out of date. - 5/9/2010 3:38:02 AM
  • SPIRITCATCHER
    I just started today and already think i started a new topic when really all i wanted to do was introduce myself. I printed this page and it will help me sort it out. Great reference - 8/20/2009 4:13:48 PM
  • For the future, it would be great to add in one of those videos to show people how to use the screens. Thanks! - 10/21/2008 11:07:29 AM
  • SDIETER2007
    I too am glad I found this page. There is a LOT of useful and helpful information! I'm SO GLAD I FOUND THIS SITE/FORUM/HELP GUIDE! THANKS! - 8/16/2008 10:39:58 AM
  • Thank you for this information its very helpful to me. - 7/1/2008 10:07:18 PM
  • I''m very glad that I ran across this article. I have read lots of articles and really enjoy all of them. However, I am still green when it comes down to how everything works together to help me more. I printed this article and plan to read try to remember in the future all the wonderful tools on Sparks that inspires us to lose weight but also helps us to stays healthy & happier. Thanks so much for the article.

    Granny07 - 2/19/2008 1:47:29 AM

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