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

  • Thank you so much Chris!! After seeing this video, I am more excited about getting started. - 7/21/2016 9:21:26 AM
  • Thank you Chris! - 7/19/2016 7:14:31 PM
  • Thank you so much! - 7/14/2016 5:03:49 PM
  • Hats off to Chris Downie. We need more people like him in our world. I am so psyched out and ready to go.

    - 7/7/2016 11:02:00 AM
  • I hope I can succeed this time * THANKS* - 7/4/2016 11:24:47 AM
  • Feeling hopeful! - 6/30/2016 3:04:18 AM
  • Feeling hopeful. Thank you! - 6/9/2016 9:58:08 AM
  • Interesting - 6/3/2016 1:09:52 AM
  • Interesting to know that Mr. Downey has invested 5+ million in the site and looks like it has paid dividends not only for him, but others also. I heard about SP through my online TOPS program and was amazed at all the information available as well as how motivating/suppor
    tive people on the site have been. Made a new friend in another country even! Wish he would listen to the SP who are long time members and have voiced concerns about the "NEW" changes that are not what they had subscribed to due to not being given a choice in the matter!!! Remember the Golden Rule...:D - 5/26/2016 1:26:05 AM
  • Thank you for Sparkpeople, I have been on this site several years and am now recommitting to my losing weight. i am starting at the very beginning and this video is very encouraging knowing someone cares enough to share his life, money and time to help others. - 5/9/2016 4:20:54 PM
  • Since my computer does not have sound. These videos are a little hard to figure out. Is there a script that I could read? - 4/16/2016 4:36:36 PM
  • How long I have waited for this kind of healthy living support! This is almost overwhelming in such a good way. Thank you so much!!!!! - 4/13/2016 1:31:39 PM
  • I am on my second day of using the site and am so excited about all the different tools available to help me! WTG SparkPeople!!!! - 4/13/2016 10:33:53 AM
  • I have been using SparkPeople 6+ months now and at least once a week I discover something new in articles or exercises, never imagined I would like the challenges so much and, I love the recipes. The article that means the most to me is from a fitness instructor who wrote a dietitian saved her life pointing out that she needed to relearn when she was hungry and when she was full. I realized this was me, I would binge or I would be right on track but exercise to eat more - not the reason to exercise. I am looking forward to what I will learn about this site this week. Thank you for being everything you are - 4/12/2016 10:39:55 PM
  • I'm 1 day new to your site. I've never seen anything like it. Am looking forward to reaching my goal with all of these helps available to me. Thank you SparkGuy for your generosity and innovation. - 4/9/2016 2:09:00 PM

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