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Earn 300 SparkPoints in September, Win Great Prizes!


Hopefully, you’ve fallen in love with SparkPoints and use them to help motivate you along your healthy-living journey (you can see all the different ways to earn them here). To make SparkPoints even more fun, we’re going to have a contest most months where you can win prizes for reaching certain SparkPoints levels. We also added a handy progress bar on your Start and SparkPoints pages to help you see how you are doing each month.
 
For September, we’re going to do a drawing out of everyone who earns at least 300 points. We’ll be giving away:
- A $100 Amazon gift card
- 5 Spark Activity Trackers
 
You don’t need to do anything to enter, other than earn SparkPoints! Click here for contest rules. Good luck, and have fun!

SparkCheers!
The SparkPeople Team
Posted 9/1/2015  12:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 16 comments   7,215 views
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Check Out SparkPeople's New Challenges and Start Page!


Hi, Everyone! 
 
This morning, we rolled out a new version of our member Challenges feature, which is available from both your Start page and the Challenge Central dropdown in our Community header. (If you remember, we gave you a sneak peek about a month ago.) We are very excited about this new Challenge format! We took what members loved most about our older challenges--including daily and weekly guidance on working toward a particular goal--and added in an easier-to-use interface, plus new features like a Team Wall. You can take any of the following Challenges to start with (we will be adding plenty more after launch!): 
Posted 8/26/2015  9:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 60 comments   7,991 views
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Get the New SparkPeople Mobile App Today!


It’s here!

After months of hard work from our awesome SparkPeople team, we’ve now released the newest update to our SparkPeople Mobile app! As of today, you can download the app either at the Apple App Store or the G
oogle Play Store.

This version of our free app is easier to use than ever before! Check out the highlights:

  • Get the powerful fitness and diet tools that you’ve come to use on the site, right in your app.

  • Read articles by our healthy-living, fitness and nutrition experts while on the go.

  • Keep up with your SparkFriends when you’re not in front of your computer.

  • Discover even more ways to earn SparkPoints to keep you motivated on your journey to living a healthier, happier life.

If you’ve already used our app and are wondering what’s different, you can find a full list of the changes we made by clicking here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_mobile_gets_a_makeover  

Thanks for using our app and for supporting SparkPeople! If you have any questions or concerns about the app, we’d love to hear them in the comments section below.

SparkCheers!
The SparkPeople Team


Posted 8/11/2015  7:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 17 comments   12,305 views
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SparkPeople Mobile Gets a Makeover!


UPDATE 8/17/15
Today we released a new update for our iOS users that should fix the issues some of you have been having with the app. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a complete list of changes we made in this most recent version of the app.


Hey, Everyone!

You might have noticed something a little different about your SparkPeople Mobile app recently! Our goal for this most recent update was to make the app easier and more fun to use--and we think we achieved that!

If you haven’t seen it yet, we think you’ll love it; go check it out. You can download SparkPeople Mobile at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Posted 8/4/2015  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 33 comments   37,085 views
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Get a Sneak Peek of Our Updated Challenges Feature!


Hey, SparkPeople Members!
 
We've gotten a lot of great feedback from you about our member challenges--they are a great way to focus on a specific goal or topic for a set period of time. We're very excited to announce that we will be releasing a brand new format for this feature! We wanted to give you a sneak peek of the newer challenges while we're still in development. (Note that our existing challenges will still be available at Challenge Central for now.) 
 
Our new format takes a lot of what you all loved from the old format, and added in new features and options. Among other things, there is a stronger community element with the new challenges.
 
As of now, we have two challenges you can try in this updated format. You can click below to visit or join:Note that since these are in a testing or "beta" period, we have not yet made these challenges readily available around the site. To access the new challenges after you join, you can bookmark this blog to return to later or get to it through the daily email you will receive as part of the challenge. In the future, we will link to these challenges from the Start page and other places.
 
While you are trying out these two new challenges, we will be developing more challenge topics in this updated format that we think you will love! In the meantime, please post any feedback on the challenges in the comments below.

Thanks for testing. SparkCheers!

The SparkPeople Team
 
Posted 7/13/2015  3:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 15 comments   8,862 views
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The Mobile Update You've Been Waiting For!


Hi, SparkPeople members! We wanted to let you know about some great changes our team has made to the site over the past few weeks to make it easier for you to use on mobile devices.

As you know, you can get many of your favorite food and fitness tracking tools through the SparkPeople Mobile app and can find new recipes and save them with our Healthy Recipes app. But there are so many awesome features on SparkPeople that it’s hard to fit it all into one or two apps (though we do try our best and are releasing some new features soon!). So, instead of making our apps replicate exactly what we offer on our site, we’ve built our apps with the features that we think will work best for the best possible user experience for you. The rest of SparkPeople’s features are kept on the site only.

Since we can’t fit the entirety of SparkPeople into an app, our team has gone through our site piece by piece, making all of the pages more friendly for mobile devices. The font is bigger, and the layout of the pages automatically resizes for whatever device you’re on, so there’s no more pinching and scrolling.

Once you’ve logged in, the new mobile web design makes it easy to:

  • Track from your phone. This is great if you have a Windows Phone, or don’t have one of our great apps installed. You can use all of our tracking tools: nutrition, fitness, weight, sparkpoints and more!

  • Access articles, blogs and videos. All article, video and blog pages have been redesigned to make them easy to browse on your phone.

  • Interact with fellow SparkTeam members. You can now post to walls and forums, find new teams and see blogs from your team members, all from your phone.

  • Browse and post to message boards. Ask and answer questions on the go!

  • Click on links in our emails and see them on your phone. Click on links to community notifications and go right to your desired page.

  • Find great recipes and save them. Now you can find new, favorite recipes on SparkRecipes.com and save them right to your account from any device you happen to be using.

It’s easy to get started with our new mobile web experience. Go to SparkPeople.com on your mobile device, and click on the orange ''Login'' button in the middle of the screen. On the next page, enter your SparkPeople Username and Password and you’ll be ready to use all our site has to offer. You can navigate around the site by clicking the button at the top right of every page--it’s the square button with three horizontal lines on it.

Let us know what you think! If you have any ideas for how we can improve our mobile web pages, we want to hear about them in the comments below.

SparkCheers!

The SparkPeople Team
Posted 5/27/2015  11:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 8 comments   4,685 views
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New Feature Round-Up: Enhanced Streaks and Photos With Status Updates


Hi, Everyone! We launched a few changes today that you will notice on your Start page and other places on the site.
 
The first is that we launched a number of enhancements to our ''Streaks'' feature, where we encourage members to set small goals every day, creating a ''streak'' of as many days as they can. Many members have found this to be a great way to stay consistent with reaching their goals. Now with Streaks, you can see your progress on the Start page, plus see some big ''Award'' images for your streak. You can save your Award to your SparkPage, and also share to Facebook or Pinterest to help motivate your friends. Click here to learn more.
 
The second update is that we now let members upload a photo along with their Status Updates. You can upload from the Start page, your SparkPage, and also our Android SparkPeople Mobile app (coming soon to iPhone). You can then see photos uploaded by your friends and leave comments or ''likes'' in your friend feed.
 
If you have any questions, comments, or problems with these features, please leave a comment below. Thanks!
Posted 12/16/2014  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 18 comments   13,319 views
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Get SparkPeople Community & Coaching On the Go!


When we released the new, FREE version of our Nutrition Tracker app earlier this year, we asked for feedback about what would help YOU get more out of SparkPeople. You gave us some great ideas,  so we took the most popular suggestions and built them into the app.

Starting today, you can update your app and enjoy these new features:

  1. Take the SparkPeople Community with you! We’ve built mobile chat boards right into the app for easy access wherever you are. You can also easily check your SparkPage on the go.
     
  2. Want to set a small reminder to help you reach your goals? Check out the new (free!) SparkPeople Coaching Center. Here, you can get small reminders, coaching notifications, and great advice from our SparkPeople food, fitness, and motivation experts.
     
  3. Connect your favorite fitness tracking device with our app! Set up your Fitbit, Jawbone Up, or RunKeeper app to feed your step data into your SparkPeople account from your mobile phone.

These updates are available now for both Android and iPhone users. If you’re new to our Calorie Counter and Weight Loss app, you can download it at Google Play, the Apple App Store, or the Amazon App Store. Give it a try and tell us what you think! Thanks and SparkCheers!

Posted 9/2/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 37 comments   19,536 views
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Message Board and Site Header Changes Launched Today!


Hi, everyone! We launched a few changes to the site today that we wanted to let you know about:
  • An improved and cleaner design for our Message Boards and Team Message Boards
  • An improved and cleaner design for our SparkPoints, SparkMail, and some other pages
  • Moved ''Today on SparkPeople'' from the right side of the site to the top right of the site, in a new dropdown
  • Added a link on the very top right of the site to your Account Settings, SparkPoints, and SparkPage
We hope you like these changes! We made them to help new members easily navigate the site. We also think they are great additional features for our current members. About a month ago, we surveyed our SparkTeam leaders about the Board changes to the Community Team, and we got some great input that was incorporated into the design. This included creating more of a visual separation between posts. Additionally, we heard a lot of feedback that the ''Today on SparkPeople'' features were important to you, so we now have them available on every page of the site. SparkGuy, Coach Jen, and the rest of our team truly do appreciate the feedback and support of our members, and we love using this feedback as a tool to help us continually upgrade and improve your SparkPeople experience.
 
If you can’t find something or have any other feedback, please post a comment below. Thanks!
 
The SparkPeople Team
Posted 8/25/2014  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 22 comments   4,532 views
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New Changes to SparkPeople Articles and Resource Pages!


Hi, everyone! We'd like to make a quick announcement about some changes we made to a few SparkPeople features today. Hopefully you're loving the new look and feel of the site! Here is what we changed and what you can expect:
  • Streamlined Articles and Resource Center Pages. We gave our Article and other Resource Center pages an upgrade. You’ll find bigger images, a cleaner format, and some other small design adjustments on these pages.
  • Get SparkPoints for Re-Reading Articles. Due to popular demand, we now let you get SparkPoints for articles you read in the past. We know sometimes our members like a refresher on certain article topics, and we wanted to give you points for re-reading!
  • Refreshed Fitness Library with Animated Gifs. We completed a huge enhancement of our animated exercise demonstrations. We have new, clearer photos and animated gifs, plus a cool new search tool that lets you filter exercises by experience level, equipment, and muscles worked.
  • A Bigger, Better "Share" Bar. The ''share'' bar on our articles and videos and resource pages has been improved to allow quicker sharing, and we fixed a bug to make sure you get SparkPoints when you share our content.
 
We hope these changes enhance your SparkPeople experience and make it even easier for you to reach your goals! Some things have been moved around, so if you have a hard time finding something, just shoot a quick note to support@sparkpeople.com for help. Thanks for your support, and Keep Sparking!

The SparkPeople Team
Posted 8/12/2014  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 30 comments   20,397 views
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A Note about Recent SparkPeople Changes


As you know, we’ve made a number of changes to SparkPeople's website (and apps) recently. Most of these changes were welcomed by the majority members, while some have voiced concern that the new changes take some getting used to.
I wanted to try and provide some perspective about why we’ve been doing these things, so that you can understand the strategy behind it and know that our goal is not to frustrate or confuse our long-time members.  
Posted 6/18/2014  11:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 13,794 views
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Jawbone UP Now Syncs with SparkPeople


We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Jawbone UP, a popular activity and sleep tracker that wirelessly tracks your distance, steps, calories burned and more.
Posted 6/9/2014  9:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 32 comments   21,576 views
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People 'Half Their Size' Issue Features SparkPeople Member's 177-Pound Weight Loss


People magazine has just released a new "Half Their Size" issue, and this one is bigger and better than ever. The entire publication is dedicated to weight loss and featured some amazing success stories along with various diet plans, workout plans and healthy recipes for ideas and inspiration.
 
We are thrilled to announce that a long-time SparkPeople member, Brandy (BBANGEL1214), is featured in the issue. Brandy credits the supportive online Community at SparkPeople as making a big difference in her 177-pound weight loss. Way to go, Brandy!
 
We recently caught up with Brandy to celebrate her magazine debut. Here's what shared some tips from her journey to losing more than half her weight.
Posted 6/6/2014  5:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 37 comments   29,356 views
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New & Improved SparkRecipes App for iPad


Several weeks ago, we released a much-anticipated update to our Healthy Recipes app for the iPhone. Today, we are excited to share that these same improvements are now available for the iPad version of our app! We are particularly thrilled about this update because iPads are such great tools to use in the kitchen when searching for and following recipes.
Posted 6/5/2014  2:00:00 PM By: Nicole Nichols : 5 comments   8,695 views
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A Sale to Spark Your Fittest Summer Ever!


Have you been thinking about getting the Spark Activity Tracker? Now is the time! For the month of June, we’re offering $10 off any purchase of the Spark. To sweeten the deal, we’ll also include a free copy of Coach Nicole’s Total Body Sculpting DVD with your order to start the summer months off right.

To get this special deal, simply visit sparkactivitytracker.com and select the color and quantity of the device you’d like. Enter the code “freedvd” at checkout to get $10 off your final purchase. We’ll send the tracker and the dvd together so that you can start meeting your fitness goals right away!

Posted 6/1/2014  12:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 9 comments   16,324 views
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