This Isn't Goodbye, SparkFriends--It's A New Beginning

SparkPeople began with hope. Hope that a community of like-minded, strong and driven people could motivate one another toward personal growth and overall happiness. Hope for a healthier way of life away from frustrating fad diets and extreme exercise routines. Since 2001, SparkPeople has stayed true to its original mission, offering hope, guidance and inspiration to more than 25 million people through its free goal-setting and weight-loss platform. Watching SparkPeople's members achieve amazing goals, manifest and live the lives they deserve, and cheer on people around the world has been nothing short of incredible. Before anything else is said, we want to thank you for inviting us to be a part of your journey and for the privilege of earning your support and enthusiasm for the brand. We feel confident in saying that no other brand has a community or members that live as passionately as ours! 

Now, it's time for something new. On August 17, 2021, we will be closing down SparkPeople along with its features and mobile apps to make way for a new platform, whose foundation is similarly rooted in the values that made SparkPeople so successful for two decades. As many of you know, SparkPeople's business model has always been free and was driven by advertiser support, a model that became difficult to maintain in recent years. With many larger technology companies emerging in the health and fitness space, we struggled to compete for the same advertising dollars that would keep the site online and alive since it costs many millions of dollars per year to run SparkPeople. In seeking solutions, we discovered that, while our mission remained the same, our approach needed an upgrade.

SparkFriends, we'd like to introduce you to SparkAmerica, a new platform we hope you will join to help spread the spark to even more people! SparkAmerica is a national movement and fitness challenge, where you can compete with cities across the nation, work toward your personal growth and even win prizes! The ad-free site will also include a nutrition and fitness tracker, challenges, articles and recipes, along with many other features we are working to develop (including a new community we hope will be as robust as the one you helped create with SparkPeople!). While many of these features are still in the very early stages and are not available yet, we're confident that you'll find the motivation you need to continue on your health journey. 

SparkAmerica is part of our new business model, in which we work with companies and organizations to help keep their employees healthy. Not only does this business model allow us to expand our health offerings to more people, but it also does a much better job of paying the bills and will likely allow us to hire more people over time to keep improving our tech platform. We’re very excited that we can open up our website and app for this business, keeping it free to all individuals and organizations in the United States to keep helping many people.

One feature we can't wait to share with you is SparkCoach, a revolutionary program developed by our team of health and behavior change experts that helps members stay accountable to all their nutrition, fitness, mental health and professional goals. SparkCoach can either be complementary to food tracking or possibly even replace food tracking for many people. At this time, due to various rules and regulations, SparkAmerica is only available to people based in the United States. You can check out more about SparkAmerica and join the movement, by clicking here. This is the only link you should use to sign up for SparkAmerica; please do not go through Spark360 or the app. Please note, you don’t have to choose a city to join. If you want to wait to select a city, we’ll be growing our list to 70 cities by the end of this week. 

As we begin this exciting transition, we know you will have as many questions about your accounts as you do feelings about the shutdown, so we wanted to cover a few points: 

  1. At the bottom of your nutrition and fitness trackers page, you'll find a new feature that will allow you to download daily nutrition summaries, as well as fitness and weights tracked
  2. Unfortunately, other items including recipes and blogs cannot be saved. If you want to hold on to either for future reference or use, we recommend using the "Print to PDF" option to print at home. 
  3. Premium members will no longer be charged. As a thank you for your loyalty, though, you will still have access to premium content through August 17!
  4. (updated June 9) SparkAmerica will launch its nutrition tracker on August 15! 

Lastly, we recognize that SparkPeople's passionate community is one of its most treasured assets, and we want to ensure that you continue to support and uplift each other even after SparkPeople goes offline. In an effort to continue to foster this community, we will be creating a "SparkPeople Alumni" Facebook group! You can click on this link to join your fellow SparkPeople friends: Click here! We will be approaching some SparkPeople members who embody the brand and what it means to be a positive leader to help lead this group, and we hope it becomes a space for you to share your wins, find inspiration on your off days and celebrate all that it means to be living healthy!  This group will be a "bridge" as we work to build community features on SparkAmerica. If you have any more questions, we encourage you to reach out to us at support@sparkpeople.com

While SparkPeople will no longer be online, we are confident that you, our first SparkFriends, will continue to work for the betterment of yourselves and those around you, spreading hope and inspiring others every step of the way, just as you've done for the last 20 years! We hope to see each and every one of you working toward your goals over at SparkAmerica! This isn't goodbye, but a simple see you later and thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

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Member Comments

I don't really understand..... it says they are shutting down but they aren't? that doesn't make any sense.... they say there is a different link to sign up for something "new" and from what I'm reading "new" isn't better ..... you want a lot of personal information? no thanks..... I'd have to sign up by a city? I don't live in a city! ......

So there aren't any "community teams" I'm the head of several teams and formed friendships with people in them......

I record my daily food/activities/s
teps/ and record my blood pressure so I can print it and give it to my primary doctor when I go... so that's out now too??

I came to SparkPeople after the "Biggest Loser" site shut down teams and went to pay only in 2011... I don't want a life coach and I'm not giving out my private info to strangers and who knows what happens to it.....

I'm at a total loss here trying to understand what this all means ....it just doesn't sound like this other link or whatever will offer anything this site does...... so that leaves me out

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I have enjoyed my active time on SparkPeople since 2007 having lost 100 lbs by 2012. I've poured my heart into numerous blogs that were designed to reflect my personal journey, obtain feedback and encourage others. All the recipes, groupings, blogs, snd recorded history were huge time and tslent commitments on all our parts. Sure wish there were a magical way to get our personal stories in an e-book we can reflect and build upon post SparkPeople.com. Still in mourning. Am trying the new platform and found my closest city is 150 miles away.(and in another state). Report
I have been with Sparkpeople for 12 years and it has been the source of my success. The calorie tracker, the excellent articles and community support are second to none. I thank you for having been there for me but now I am facing a big loss with the closing of Sparkpeople. Can you keep it open, maybe for a reasonable fee?
I don’t know what I will do without you. I have all the records of my weight loss journey, all the messages from Sparkfriends, all of my challenges. When things get tough I refer to my Spark. Please don’t leave🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Report
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I wish you well on your new venture. Much as I would love to see it stay I understand why it can’t. Report
I would pay a monthly fee. I have been using this for years and feel comfortable with it. I'm sorry ☹️ it's closing. Report
WENDYK
I've been a member since February 2, 2004! I don't know what I will do without sparkpeople. The new platform doesn't have much and not sure I'll stick with it. Please keep both platforms, I'm sure most members on it would pay a monthly or yearly fee to keep it. I tried Noom, it's awful. Maybe I'll try Weight Watchers. Report
WENDYK
Please keep sparkpeople, seems like will will all pay a monthly fee to have it available! Report
Thank you for the guidance and inspiration you have offered over the years. As I am Canadian, I will indeed be sad to no longer have access to Sparkpeople. All the best to all for your new adventure. Report
So very sad that you have not been able to include Canadians. Report
Thank you. Sure appreciated you keeping the site going at no cost all these years. Report
SDGRIFFEN
Thank you! I have really benefited from using this website. Report
J23855
So very disappointed, I have been using sparks people for years, sad the new program is not available in Canada Report
I hate that this is happening. I have grown to look for my friends here. I don't like the geographic limitations on Spark America but will give it a try while I also look for other options. Report
I have been using "Lose it" for years. I love the food database. I am very disappointed in Sparks. "Lose it" app can be found on Apple's application platform. Report