SparkPeople: A (5-Minute) History

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

  • I just found this site and it is God's perfect timing as I am joining a gym today and have a one year goal to run in a 5k or 10k race. I believe this site will help me in a GREAT way to reach my goals. Thank you. - 7/3/2015 9:59:04 AM
  • Nice history of Sparkpeople. Thanks to the founder, Chris and all the members that are helping me finally take Sparkpeople serious after creating an account years ago. - 6/29/2015 11:52:25 AM
  • Thank You Chris you are fantastic!!! - 6/28/2015 6:38:00 AM
  • I agree with the comments below. I've started spark people several times, but never carried through...always looking for a quick fix, and getting nowhere. I hope to dig in and make this commitment to make the life changes I desperately need to make. Thank you, Chris, for your incredible generosity at making this site available for us. - 6/26/2015 9:49:35 AM
  • Going to give this another Try, My life depends on it - 6/24/2015 5:07:08 PM
  • Sounds like a good program. I'm going to try it. - 6/22/2015 6:05:57 PM
  • I. Just joined again and I know it works I just have to apply it every day....I need to keep doing and not stop... love your site thank you - 6/20/2015 9:48:10 AM
  • I am signed up for Spark People originally (a while ago and did nothing except sign up) because it was free and I had nothing to lose. I have a whole lot to lose actually and now I can do it because of people like Chris - I am determined to do this! - 6/19/2015 10:26:50 PM
  • I had no idea about the history. Makes me want to be a part of the community even more. GO SPARKPEOPLE!!! :) - 6/19/2015 6:31:57 AM
  • Chris Downie, you are amazing! Thank you so much for SparkPeople and for giving me hope that I can learn how to l-i-v-e versus just existing (barely). - 6/18/2015 6:12:43 PM
  • Thank You! - 6/18/2015 1:31:55 PM
  • Thank You Chris. Your Amazing. - 6/15/2015 12:13:56 PM
  • Thank you Chris for your commitment to helping others, God Bless you! - 6/15/2015 11:56:37 AM
  • member and just viewed Chris Downie's history. What a generous man!!!! I hope to be successful after years of trying to exercise, eat healthy and have a positive outlook. This may be the answer and I've begun my first day of my first week. Good luck to everyone out there. vmc1946 - 6/15/2015 11:32:21 AM
  • It is wonderful to finally find a site that motivates and encourages and is offered for free. I myself have been in search for such a site after a diagnosis of cancer. I am looking forward to changing my diet for the better and beginning my new healthy lifestyle soon. Again thanks to all, who has committed so much in Aiding so many. - 6/15/2015 7:41:40 AM

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