Say 'Hello' to SparkPeople Premium: Remove Ads, Email Coaches, Get Advanced Reporting and Help Us in Our Mission to Help You

By , The Guy Who's in the Know About SparkPeople Premium
When you visit the Start page today--or log into our app--you may notice something different. If you haven’t done it yet, go ahead and give them a look; we won’t go anywhere.:)
Today, we launched of our newest tool to help you reach your goals: SparkPeople Premium. SparkPeople Premium is an optional, paid upgrade to your SparkPeople account that will give you enhanced tools and support in addition to those you already get for free now.
We know you probably have some questions about SparkPeople Premium and what effect it will have on how you use our site, so let’s get some of those questions out of the way, right away.
1. Will I lose any of the tools and features of SparkPeople I’ve used in the past if I don’t buy a Premium membership?
Nope, not at all. Everything you have in your SparkPeople account will stay the same. None of the tools you use are changing, and all of your information will be right where you left it. If you don’t want to buy a membership, you’ll still be able to use SparkPeople exactly the same way you do today. We want you to reach your goals and would never take away the things you rely on to become a happier, healthier you.
2. What do I get with Premium?
First, let’s talk about what you don’t get. We know many of you have asked for this one--with Premium, you don’t get any ads. Not on our website, not on, not in the SparkPeople Mobile app, and not in our Healthy Recipes app--with Premium you’ll enjoy the best SparkPeople experience.
What do you get with Premium? You get access to our SparkPeople coaches in the form of a weekly email. No, this isn’t an email that we send you, but rather an email you can send to us. Ask your burning questions about your path to living a healthier, happier life and get an answer that will help you reach your goals successfully. With Premium, you can email us once per week, every week. Get to know our coaches--you’ll be glad you did!
You get advanced reporting. Right now, every SparkPeople member can access our basic reporting package, but for some of you data lovers, this package just might not be enough. With our advanced reporting, you can really dig down into the numbers to make tweaks that can pay off down the road.
You’ll get a special “Secrets of Success” e-book. We took all the tips we’ve learned over the past 15+ years of helping people reach their goals and collected them into one place so you can get get on the right track to a healthy lifestyle and stay there.
And finally, you get our Smart Start program, which is a series of daily videos we made to help you as you progress towards your goals. If you’re familiar with our “SparkCoach” program, you might recognize these tips and advice. We rolled SparkCoach into our Premium package so we could help more members with our best advice. (If you currently use SparkCoach, surprise! We’ve already given you access to a Premium membership. Check your email for more details.) Pairing the Smart Start program with tips in our "Secrets of Success" e-book will get you healthier, faster.

3. Why would I buy a Premium membership?
Well, that’s up to you really. Maybe you want to be able to email our coaches when you have a question about a new routine you’re starting. Perhaps you love to dig down in the data behind what you’re eating and what that means for your diet. Or, it could be you just don’t want to see ads. Whatever your reason, we’d be happy to have you. 
If you’re looking for a reason, let us give you our favorite: By purchasing a Premium membership, you help us help you. We’re a small team that works hard to bring you the best health and fitness community the Internet has to offer. Each dollar you pay for Premium helps us keep the lights on in the office.

So that’s SparkPeople Premium in a nutshell. Again, let us emphasize that you don’t have to purchase a Premium membership to experience the great tools, advice and community that we’ve always offered for free. Your account will remain exactly the same if you choose not to buy a Premium subscription. But if you want to directly support our team and maximize your SparkPeople experience, it’s easy to do so for a couple of bucks a month. For less than a latte, you can sign up for SparkPeople Premium today.
Go ahead and give Premium a try. We bet you’ll be glad you did!
If you have any questions, please ask them below. Thanks!