New Local Features and SparkAmerica Leader Board Launch

Monday, December 08, 2008

We love to see that our members are enjoying competing in our SparkAmerica Challenge. As you know, SparkAmerica is a health and fitness challenge designed to motivate Americans to improve their health by taking small consistent positive action steps. We have challenged each city to compete against each other to be at the top of the list on the “America’s Fittest City Leaderboards! We have launched a new feature this week that now allows you to see your city ranking based on size. Since bigger cities have more people, it can be easier for them to be at the top of the list and gain fitness minutes and SparkPoints faster than smaller cities. Our new leaderboard will now allow you to see how your city compares to others based on size in addition to overall numbers.

How it works is pretty simple. We took a look at the largest city, New York City, and gave other cities a multiplier based on their size compared to New York City. We then show the leaderboards based on overall numbers and “adjusted minutes” or the cities actual minutes times the multiplier. We hope this keeps the SparkAmerica Challenge interesting and is another opportunity to show how your city can help lead the way.

To help your city lead the way we created special pages with added functionality to help improve your health. Each city on the list has a special URL that takes you to your cities landing page filled with events and resources around your city. Here you can check out local parks, trails, restaurants, fitness centers and much much more. You can create teams within you local teams and hold SparkRallies. SparkRallies are meetings or events that provide an opportunity for team members to meet up with other SparkPeople members who live in your city. SparkRallies have added functionality and features such as RSVP, bring a guest and SparkMailing attendees.

We have launched a lot of great local features recently and hope you enjoy them. If you do not see your city on this list, do not worry, there is more coming for those not in these cities as well as those based outside the US!
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    Super disappointed in the new leaderboards. : ( Not all of us are under city and state sparkteams but use the leaderboards individually to motivate ourselves. : (

    4454 days ago
    Hi , Maybe I don't understand too well but, I saw New YOrk among the lowest on the list , in fact it was way below. I thought that was odd .
    I am going to look at it again. In any case, thank you . emoticon
    4467 days ago
    Hi Everyone - just so you know, we'll soon be launching leaderboards and pages for all 50 states too - so everyone has a way to participate in this.

    And, we'll continue building out our international resources as well!


    ris (SparkGuy)
    4468 days ago
    Maybe add a team for rural communities all together. I am 70 miles from any kind of metropolitian area, in any direction.
    4468 days ago
    Well being in Spain I come under Spark Earth...how can I see the list of countries? It seems to have disappeared!! Any answers??
    4468 days ago
  • TAZ675
    Thank you!
    4468 days ago
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  • SHERI1969
    Will there ever be, or do you know yet, a Canadian thing like this? It would be great to have a Canadian side or even other countries, put into SparkPeople's site.
    4468 days ago
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    Is there some way you can join a city that is near your location if you don't live in a city?
    4469 days ago
    I could just be missing it... but I don't see my city on here Louisville, KY - which I find odd considering I believe we're the largest city in Kentucky. Lexington is there, though... do my minutes count towards that? Is there a way to get Louisville listed? Sorry - I've been a member of SP for 8 months, but I'm suddenly feeling out of sorts where this is concerned since I'd never bothered to really look.

    Thank you for this change, regardless of whether or not my city is listed. Sounds like a fair adjustment!
    4469 days ago
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  • TZH4145
    Good news!!!
    4469 days ago
    Hmmmmmm ... have to check -- last time I looked Chicago was on top (yay!) ... but maybe not anymore ... good thinking!
    4469 days ago
  • KIMUSH23
    Great news!

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    4469 days ago
    I've had fun with SparkEarth, but have one request - it would be great if you could add the American territories such as the USVI, Puerto Rico, etc. to SparkAmerica and the cities, rather than having us as foreign countries. Thanks!
    4469 days ago
  • BEEJAY49
    That'll be neat to be able to compare the cities! Thank you!
    4469 days ago
  • MARYANNE4403
    this is such a GREAT site, i love it so much, thanks for all you do for us
    4469 days ago
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