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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

  • Very helpful information. Thanks for making a site to help individuals to loose weigh and be healthy. The information on this site is very helpful to me and I in join viewing so many areas different sources. - 8/20/2014 5:18:58 PM
  • good video - 8/17/2014 11:49:28 AM
  • Thank you Mr. Downey! The site is truly a gift. I am looking forward to getting starting my journey... - 8/17/2014 8:27:26 AM
  • Just signed up and watched the Fox news video. I'm encouraged and feeling hopeful. - 8/16/2014 2:54:01 PM
  • thank you for sharing - 8/16/2014 6:06:31 AM
  • thank u so much for this site im going to start it today i cant wait - 8/15/2014 11:20:22 AM
  • I'll be 62 on Monday, 18th, and my food money has been cut a third. I need to find a way to eat less meat, manage my 20yr old gastric-bypass, current pain when I eat meat, lose weight and gain muscle. I need recipes to make for myself, and to learn how to eat and use TOFU, which seemed like eating an old rubber sponge!
    I am ready, and I promise not to eat grass or barbecue the cat! - 8/15/2014 7:54:25 AM
  • Looking forward to the challenge, I will look good at my daughters wedding next June! - 8/14/2014 10:43:06 PM
  • jUST ENROLLED , THANKS SP - 8/14/2014 1:53:12 PM
  • FREE! NICE! - 8/13/2014 5:25:54 PM
  • Mr. Downie you are and have been a God send to so many! Thank you for you generosity in so many ways! God bless! - 8/13/2014 12:13:31 PM
  • I am so thankful for this site. This is how I start my day and holds me accountable. My Zumba instructor first told me about this. I guess she was hoping that the only really big person in her class wouldn't kill over. She is precious for sharing. I try to share SparkPeople every chance I get. - 8/12/2014 6:23:56 AM
  • Thank you Mr. Downie. I am new to this site but see the possibilities. I am grateful most of it is free. - 8/10/2014 10:47:29 PM
  • love the site and the easy way to track. purchased the tracker and use it every day and i just check to see if i need more steps. weight coming off very slowly. thinking i have too many carbs from all the fruit i eat but fruit replaces cake ect. just would like to know why spark wants 6,000 steps but the ymca want 10,000?? - 8/10/2014 9:28:03 PM
  • I am overwhelmed by your generosity in helping people to lose weight and get healthy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I too have tried many programs that cost a lot of money over the years. I would lose for awhile and they my weight loss would come to a standstill or start to reverse. I am going to give this all I got. I have wasted enough of my life on holding back do to being overweight. Now its time to start living! Thank you for your help and thank God for you. - 8/10/2014 7:50:47 PM

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