SparkPeople: A (5-Minute) History

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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 Chris for your love and dedication for helping us attain our goals. Blessings to you. - 2/18/2017 4:31:50 PM
  • I love you Chris Downie! Thanks! - 2/9/2017 2:04:52 PM
  • WOW! I just can't believe that someone would spend that much money to help strangers like us to lose their weight! You must be an angel sent from above! God bless you, Chris. - 2/8/2017 10:43:43 AM
  • Three weeks ago I was looking for a diet plan to help me lose some weight and get my life back together after my divorce. I came across SparkPeople and I joined!
    Sparkguy Chris, you have a heart of GOLD! If I was closer I would give you the biggest hug ever. Thank you so much for this site. You are amazing and you have probably saved many of peoples lives. I have lost 5 lbs. already and have 47 more to go. I am going to not only make myself proud but I'm gonna show you I can do this. You and your site here has given me the will power to keep moving and reach my goal and keep it off. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
    - 1/25/2017 9:13:50 AM
  • Just found this sight. angels must have brought it to me! I am all sparked up ! - 1/16/2017 10:48:46 PM
  • Great site and so many resources Love the name, it has "Sparked" me, thanks Chris. - 1/16/2017 7:13:00 AM
  • I just want to thank you Chris for having such a BIG heart . I need all the help I can get .. Wish me luck - 1/15/2017 10:11:31 AM
  • Wow, was wondering who this "sparkguy" was....very inspiring story ,Chris's and the persons in the report. - 1/11/2017 10:46:36 AM
  • Day 3 since joining ... feeling inspired after viewing the video :) - 1/10/2017 3:19:39 PM
  • Day 3 since joining ... feeling inspired after viewing the video :) - 1/10/2017 3:19:39 PM
  • This is amazing. Thank you for stepping out and helping. This is my second day on Spark. I needed this. My weight creeping up each month. I almost gave up, then I saw Spark and thought that maybe this will be the incentive I need to fight for my life. - 1/10/2017 1:49:20 PM
  • Thank you , so glad this info and help is free. I have just recently joined and am looking forward to exploring this site and meeting my goals. again, thank you - 12/29/2016 8:24:41 PM
  • Wow, what an awesome story. Didn't realize how it all started. Thank you!!! - 11/20/2016 8:57:04 PM
  • Thank you for all that you are doing and for helping me on my weightloss journey.
    - 11/18/2016 9:41:29 PM
  • Hi Chris, Glad to be back. Just getting to know my new compute. Thanks for such a great sight. Di. - 11/5/2016 11:37:00 PM

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