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

Love this website. No matter how many times I think I have it and fail. I can still come back for support and more ideas to try again. I WILL MAKE IT ONE OF THESE DAYS, but until then I love that I didn't pay tons of money like I have other places and still have not reached my goals. Report
I have enjoyed this site for years and I tell everyone about it. Report
Thank you Chris, you are truly a good guy! I was very impressed with this site years ago and try to tell people how great it is.
This is an amazing with a wealth of information and it's free. Amazing!!!! I love it!
I love this that this is free & helps so many people. Or you could join the whole site for a one time payment for less than $30, that's a 1 time payment, not weekly, monthly, or even yearly, ONCE!! :) Report
Fantastic article. Report
Chris "SparkGuy" you are amazing! Thank you for such a life changing gift❤. Report
Thank yo Chris, I love the fact someone is alway there or I can now contact a person to help me avoid the stress of over eating. Report
It is great to know there are still people out there who are willing to spend their money helping others. THANK YOU for putting together such an amazing site. Report
Such great information! Glad that I finally connected with Spark! Report
In this time of negative news, it is fantastic to see a report on the true generosity and altruism shown by Chris Downie! I have lost 30 pounds since beginning with SparkPeople and while, its not all tulips and roses but actual hard work, Chris' program has made what seemed impossible, reachable for me. Thank you Chris! Report

Wonderful. Congratulations! Report
Love this approach to disordered thinking and behaviors on food issues. It's free - a wonderful bonus and very unusual, because most programs are for-profit, and expensive. I'm looking forward to cooperating with the suggestions offered so that I can not only lose their suggested 50 lbs., but being able to maintain the weight loss for a lifetime. Report
I am sure hoping it will help me Report
Spark is the bomb! Thank you SparkGuy!!! Report

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