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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

  • You are a true inspiration. - 4/17/2014 11:23:05 AM
  • God Bless You, Chris Downie! - 4/17/2014 10:10:03 AM
  • Thank-you for selfless act to help others! - 4/16/2014 9:58:09 PM
  • God Bless You, Chris Downie! - 4/16/2014 4:29:40 PM
  • Thank you for creating this website. It is making thousands of people healthy!
    - 4/16/2014 11:11:01 AM
  • I have also failed on every program that I have ever started. I just signed in today and am very excited to think that there are people out there that care. I vowed to give up sugars, real and hidden and even gave up diet sodas and artificial sweetners. I was shocked to see 26 pounds disappear in 5 weeks. Easter is coming soon and I generally binge right after. I feel empowered this time and am really going to give it a go! - 4/15/2014 2:13:13 PM
  • Thank you and GOD bless - 4/15/2014 1:43:40 PM
  • Thank you Chris God bless you
    - 4/15/2014 10:13:27 AM
  • It's been amazing how successful you can be when tracking food intake... - 4/14/2014 1:05:23 PM
  • Cant wait to get started - 4/14/2014 11:36:26 AM
  • This is the second time I have watched the history of SP, Mr Chris still amazes me, compassion for people who have lost hope, God Bless You! - 4/13/2014 10:45:12 AM
  • I just happened to come by this website by accident while looking for the number of calories and carbs in matzos. I am currently in a nursing home for rehab and am waiting to have more surgery. At one point I weighed 376 pounds and said enough is enough! It has taken me a long time, but I now weigh 283 pounds and really would like to get down to 200 pounds. I know it can be done with God's help and encouragement from other Spark people! - 4/13/2014 10:24:34 AM
  • I've just joined this afternoon and am so looking forward starting my new healthy lifestyle
    tomorrow. Here goes... - 4/13/2014 2:02:14 AM
  • I am sooo happy that you offer this program - I was line dancing after foot surgery and then had to have surgery again because I was allergic to the titanium screws and they started to come out - a very nice lady said she is involved in Spark People and gave me the information to join and boy am I glad I did!!!! I have only been a member for a few weeks if even that and I LOVE IT!! I line dance 3-4 times a week and do senior zumba once I have a lot of weight to lose and am going to stick with the program - nothing has worked and was taking Belviq but stopped because I was not feeling good. - 4/12/2014 8:20:28 PM
  • Suggested the site to my daughter as she is just starting her weight loss journey, and thought maybe it's time for me to get back on track as well. - 4/12/2014 6:18:37 PM

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