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SparkPeople: A (5-Minute) History

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This short video clip from Fox News Chicago does a great job sharing a brief history of SparkPeople. Our Founder, Chris "SparkGuy" Downie, reached his own goals by co-founding eBay's leading competitor and selling that company to eBay as their first acquisition.

Chris first developed the SparkPeople program to overcome his own social anxiety. A co-worker named Pat then used the same program and lost 50 pounds, which changed his life. Pat then went on to start a walking group and motivate many people. Seeing Pat's transformation made Chris understand that our daily actions and words impact more people than we realize.

Chris then decided to start a new company with the mission to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals using health and fitness as a springboard to reach milestones in all areas of life (yes, this is where our name came from). Now, Chris considers himself to be just a small part of the SparkPeople team--and that team includes our millions of members supporting each other to reach goals.

Our team loves seeing real people reaching life-changing goals on the site every day--like those featured in this video. Thanks for your support, and have fun reaching your goals!

Member Comments

  • im new here im going to try this website :)
    - 12/28/2014 12:56:50 PM
  • To all out there:

    I've been a member of SparkPeople for about 7 months now and can't believe what we get for free. I spent hundreds of hours putting together lists of what I was eating, all their content and all the time it was right here for me. The exercises, the encouragement, the answers to questions you may have. There is no need for fear of any kind. If you're having a problem of any kind just leave a comment on one of the blogs and you'll get all the answers you need.

    Another thing that is so great is that there is so little negative feed back. I've seen maybe 3-5 entries that were critical of the website and to those people I would say go try and find something else as useful as this site.

    Carpe Diem


    - 12/27/2014 2:23:21 PM
  • I am really psyched about FINALLY joining this website because I've been thinking about it for a very long time. It's after the holidays and time to get back on the stick. - 12/26/2014 9:41:34 PM
  • THANKS FOR BELIEVING IN EACH ONE OF US! WE WONT LET
    YOUR MONEY GO TO WASTE! THANKS FOR A CHANCE AT LIFE.
    WWW.RUN4U.WEBS.
    COM/ - 12/23/2014 12:11:23 PM
  • You can't beat Spark People for ideas and encouragement! Try it and enjoy! - 12/20/2014 7:30:50 PM
  • This will be my third time to try this site. I will have my daughter help me as the last times I had a hard time putting my tracking info in and gave up. I really need to lose weight for my health.
    - 12/19/2014 9:05:30 PM
  • I like this website, have been a member for years but now I feel like I am ready to put all it's feature to work to become a better me. - 12/18/2014 4:18:52 PM
  • Impeccable!!! - 12/18/2014 10:59:19 AM
  • It seems a bit like BodyBuiding.com. I'm interested to find out what differences there are. Thanks for the opportunity :) - 12/15/2014 3:16:26 PM
  • This is great! I had no idea about the origin of the site and am looking forward to exploring it more! - 12/12/2014 6:31:22 PM
  • I've been reading about Sparkpeople for a while now and getting emails. Today I joined Sparkpeople and am going to give it my best. I thank you for making this site! - 12/12/2014 9:19:00 AM
  • This is an amazing site.... just signed In for the first time and I am blown away!! Our work Dietician has recommended, mentioned, sent us links ...... now I see why! Just sent the info to come on board to my friends. I teach health, eating, yoga, circuit, exercise ball, HIIT Training and other classes four days a week and I love this site!! I will be again sending people here to check it out!!! :) - 12/11/2014 1:40:51 PM
  • I know that I need to make changes and I am overly ready to take that first step. - 12/11/2014 1:07:54 AM
  • I am so thankful for what he has created for a lot of people to benefit from. - 12/10/2014 10:39:12 AM
  • SLOWTOREVIVE

    I THINK IT IS GREAT FOR SOMEONE TO DEVOE IME AND MONEY TO HELP MOTIVAT OTHERS. I GLAD HE DID! - 12/9/2014 4:12:03 PM

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