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

Thank you for telling
I have just written about your homepage
It is a shame you cannot get enough adds to contiunjue having an international page
Thank you for the years
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JWBLESSEDX4
If you had wanted to keep us as customers, you would have given us a migration path to Spark America so our long histories could be kept intact. Not very customer friendly... Report
ABEVAND
I am disappointed with SparksPeople. I'm sure many long term members feel betrayed by SparksPeople. The new platform sounds like an isolationist site by not allowing people not living in the US from participating

You will not only loose all non US members with this decision but many US members as the information they have entered into SparkPeople will be lost. They will also loose contact with the online friends from other countries who are part of their support group.(s).

I will not recommend your new platform to anyone. Who knows when you might arbitrarily decide to shut it down also. I have made the switch over to MyFitnessPal .

Good luck you will need it Report
I really appreciate the 2-month notice along with the ability to download history. We now have time to save blogs, recipes and find a way to transition. THANK YOU

Many times when a company changes direction they just flip a switch. This lets me know how much you care about this community. Report
TOUDLES I just downloaded that Windows recipe app. Worked like a charm. Wish I had known about this before I already "printed to PDF" about 200 of the 400-500 recipes I have on SparkPeople. I only hope they don't disappear when they shut down SP since the recipes are copied from a URL that will no longer exist after August 17. Report
Back to comment again -- Spark Admins, Owners, Developers, Creators, TRAINERS... are you listening AT ALL to the people who have supported you for TWENTY years?

We don't want to move to a new site. We want to keep this site active. Do you really think you're going to have a massive switch over from die-hard Sparkers like myself and others? I doubt it.

All of us here have TRIED other "new" "super cool" whizbang type sites and we have ALL COME BACK HERE because they all lacked what Spark offers.

LISTEN to the community, set up monthly or annual pay so that the Sparkers of the WORLD can continue to utilize the AMAZING thing that is this community.

I'm not saying abandon your new ambitions, but don't abandon us either in favor of something new and shiny. Hons, the shine wears off of EVERYTHING. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

You're basically THROWING AWAY all of our contributions in favor of some cushy contract you signed to get a bigger paycheck. And that's just rude. Report
Well, this is a huge disappointment. I had a bad feeling when my app stopped working on my iPhone a few months ago. I haven't been very active on the site for a while, but am re-working my mindset and Spark was to be a huge part of it. I will miss the friends I have made on here. Report
JOWILLI, that sucks about the "lifetime" membership you purchased. I wonder if they will refund it for you. Report
CEMOSES2, yes try My Fitness Pal. Also try FatSecret and Loseit. There's also Cronometer just for tracking. Now that I've tried other sites since original Spark is closing, I'm seeing that most sites have the same features and some of the trackers are actually better. Plus, some of the bigger teams on Sparks are setting up groups on other sites too. Seems like MFP is the most common one so far.

Good luck to everyone. Report
thanks Report
THANKS Report
For everyone wanting to save their Spark Recipes.. I have a free program that will allow you to import your recipe from Spark Recipes to the app. and it is free! I have paid for the premium version, and have it both on my smart phone and on my laptop. Great for sharing recipes with friends, and checking needed ingredients while shopping too. Anyway I can just click share and choose Recipe Keeper or I can copy and paste the URL of the recipe to import. Worth checking out..
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there will be a nutrition tracker on SPARKAMERICA Report
Thanx for them empties, SparkFriends. Report
CRSCHMIDTS- me too and I wanted to delete my account on it and there is no way to do that like here on sparkpeople which I find odd. I think the only way you can is to contact support. Here- you can dlete account over on spark360- no and I did look around. Report