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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

  • what a fantastic site i cant wait to get started - 1/25/2015 5:15:24 AM
  • I am so glad I lucked up and came across this site can't wait to began my weight loss and healthy eating journey - 1/22/2015 10:43:15 PM
  • Thanks Chris. It is good to have support and information. Knowledge if fierce! - 1/19/2015 6:44:53 AM
  • I am so excited. I joined Planet Fitness online a few hours and now find this to work with it. I've gained 25 lbs in the last months and I'm miserable like this. I knew I was going to have to make a decision to lose this weight and I would have to do it in a healthy manner, no fad diets. I believe this is my answer! - 1/19/2015 4:59:03 AM
  • Wow! I never knew where the site came from. Thank you! This site works. I lost 30 pounds using it before. The problem, I didn't stay with what I learned an now, 5 years later, I am back and need to lose at least 50.
    - 1/18/2015 3:58:53 PM
  • Great site. Thank you Chris ! - 1/18/2015 1:15:37 PM
  • Hoping to lose 20 pounds by end of summer! Thank you for this site and the chance to learn more about fitness and healthy eating! - 1/17/2015 8:19:19 PM
  • Here I am a type 2 diabetic and not over weight. I could afford to loose 5 or so lbs. though. My blood sugar readings are not too high but high enough to make my doctor and me worry. I don't have any physical problems but arthritis in my knees. I do have hight cholestral and need to get that down and I am hoping I can be able to manage all of t his without medications. I am taking metformin twice a day. I walk 6 days a week and try to eat low carb but its hard when you live with someone who isn't a diabetic and wants ice cream and desserts. So I would like to know if there is some folks here who I can become friends with and help each other overcome obstacles with their help. Thank you so much for this opportunity. Hope to join in real soon. - 1/17/2015 7:13:44 PM
  • Trying to get back on track. I got under 300, but just sayed in the 90's all year. Time to take it on down. So will try to get on here every day again and do it.
    - 1/17/2015 2:21:07 PM
  • I found this site back in Dec 2009. I met some of my goals with this wonderful site, then I stopped. I got distracted, stopped exercising and gained some weight back. I am very thankful for this site, because I know if I stay focused, I CAN DO THIS. Thank you so very much Chris for what you have done to help so many people. :) - 1/15/2015 1:42:26 PM
  • I need to start today and quit putting it off I was down to 125 and now back up to 190 I am so discouraged. - 1/15/2015 11:47:34 AM
  • OMG I have to get back on track, and I'm back, to face reality! - 1/14/2015 10:34:31 PM
  • I'm the heaviest I have ever been in my life, and I'm ready for the change. So thankful for this site. - 1/14/2015 8:15:15 PM
  • Very interesting. I'm going to start. - 1/14/2015 11:43:56 AM
  • WOW! thanks - 1/14/2015 10:09:20 AM

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