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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

  • I am glad to have found this website that I am using to help me maintain my weight loss from Weight loss surgery. So far I love using it. - 10/21/2014 6:31:50 AM
  • Started with spark people 2 weeks ago lost 10 lbs so far and I am never hungry. I am so excited about reaching my goal of two lbs loss a week. I was diagnosed with diabetes and had to make a change. I am so glad I found spark people thank you and god bless you Chris. - 10/19/2014 6:30:07 PM
  • Gotta agree, this is a great website! - 10/17/2014 11:27:41 PM
  • Thank you, Chris for the opportunities that this program is giving me and people around the world to gain control over this aspect of our life. You are a blessing! - 10/15/2014 1:44:49 PM
  • This is very exciting. I'm still trying to discipline myself to log on daily. - 10/14/2014 9:20:08 AM
  • Thank Chris. I am excited and motivated to begin my journey to a healthier life. - 10/13/2014 10:45:01 AM
  • Thank you for creating this site! - 10/13/2014 4:54:18 AM
  • Very exciting to start this program. Ive tried different programs and it was very short lived. Thank you to Chris for being SOOOO generous to help people such as myself get back on track - 10/12/2014 11:26:51 PM
  • I am so glad that i can leave a comment after watching this video. My overwhelming response is, "Wow! Thanks a million, Chris!" You are an amazing and rare person to give so much and not require anything in return. May God bless you for it! - 10/12/2014 4:04:12 PM
  • My husband and I lost nearly 100 ponds together last year when we were diligent about using Sparkpeople. We stopped using it and gained nearly all of it back. We have recommitted ourselves to making food and exercise tracking on Sparkpeople a lifestyle choice, not a temporary tool to lose weight. We feel better already! - 10/12/2014 3:26:06 PM
  • Thank you, starting again :) - 10/12/2014 10:05:30 AM
  • Thanks Chris. I feel this will work for me. I'm just starting. - 10/10/2014 4:42:55 PM
  • Thanks..just starting - 10/10/2014 11:09:29 AM
  • I love this program, it like attending a royal feast. Thanks to all that works so hard to produce this information. I especially like Nicole, the exercise videos are just right for me.Thanks - 10/9/2014 6:42:45 PM
  • greatly appreciate this program, ty so much! - 10/9/2014 3:05:09 PM

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