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

  • You are an inspiration about "paying it forward". My doctor said I had to join a program to lose weight. I had already joined SparkPeople but that was just to keep getting periodic emails with interesting content. I wasn't actually using the program at all. Now that I have started, I am so impressed. And because it is free, I don't worry as much about "you" having a hidden agenda to get us to pay more money by doing things (food plans, exercise programs, etc.) that are of questionable benefit to us and great financial benefit to "you". Thank you, Chris! I am recommending this site to anyone and everyone I know who has expressed a desire to lose weight and/or get fit. - 4/18/2015 4:22:52 PM
  • I am new to this and super excited. I can't wait to get started :) - 4/18/2015 1:20:36 AM
  • I didn't even realize I was taking this highly effective (and free) program for granted until I watched this video. Great story! I will do my best to pay it forward. - 4/15/2015 7:46:37 AM
  • thank you
    - 4/14/2015 6:25:51 PM
  • Great video and thanks to Chris for keeping a great site FREE!! - 4/13/2015 3:26:01 AM
  • Great concept......insp
    irational and down to earth! PVM - 4/12/2015 10:30:05 PM
  • Great video, great i nfo - 4/11/2015 12:01:50 PM
  • Thank You very much for the program it not only helps us loose weight it makes us healthier - 4/9/2015 7:52:06 PM
  • Wow, this is totally new to me. Recommended by my doctor when I expressed my concern regarding my high blood pressure and obesity. - 4/9/2015 3:04:30 AM
  • Sounds like a fantastic program with diversified activities for all. I am looking forward to using it. Sure need help on my Cholesterol. - 4/8/2015 5:38:39 PM
  • Thanks for this program, Chris. I'm in the process of reading "The Spark" which I picked up at a rummage sale. Today's my first day and I'm hoping to get inspiration from others on the site as "going it alone" is, well...lonely! (And hasn't worked very well). - 4/5/2015 12:50:31 PM
  • My first day member. I really need lots of encouragement !!! - 4/3/2015 1:27:57 AM
  • This is my first day on the program, I need all the encouragement I can get.

    Pat - 4/2/2015 5:17:10 PM
  • This is my first day on this incredible program. Thank you for setting this up!! - 4/1/2015 12:36:49 PM
  • Just found out about this today! Going to start - 3/31/2015 5:09:26 PM

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