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Contest Closed: Win a Full Year of Access to Streaming Workout Videos

This giveway is now closed. The winners are: CAHUAU, MJOHEMME, DDHEART, REESE76, and MACANBEFIT. Winners will be contacted directly from a representative at Acacia TV.

A couple months ago, I told you about a new low-cost workout option called Acacia TV. The service offers access to more than 75 different full-length workout DVDs, set up for online streaming from your PC, laptop, iPad, Roku or internet-enabled Smartphone for a super low rate that allows you to exercise with world-class instructors anytime, anywhere.
Today I'm excited to tell you about a special giveaway Acacia is offering to SparkPeople members!
Posted 5/30/2014  5:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 5 comments   8,484 views
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Giveaway Closed: Win a 4-DVD Set from Mind-Body Expert Jennifer Kries

This giveaway is now closed. The 3 winners are:

Even though we're still full of turkey, we're super excited to announce this week's giveaway from Jennifer Kries, which will have THREE winners. Take a break from your holiday shopping to enter!
Posted 11/29/2013  9:00:00 AM By: Megan Patrick : 7 comments   5,856 views
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Giveaway Closed: Win a Leslie Sansone 'Walk At Home' DVD Kit

This giveaway is now closed. The winners are: BLUESUEDE1, RINGRANGRUNG and JUDY1939. Congratulations!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week! We're already in the holiday spirit around here and we're excited about this week's giveaway from Leslie Sansone, which will have THREE lucky winners! 
Posted 11/22/2013  9:00:00 AM By: Megan Patrick : 32 comments   10,747 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Win a Copy of Leslie Sansone's Newest Walking DVD!

This contest is officially closed. The winners are:



We're big fans of Leslie Sansone. Her approachable, safety-focused workout DVDs completely align with SparkPeople's philosophy that fitness should be an enjoyable, attainable part of life—without making drastic sacrifices or falling for gimmicks. Leslie is the real deal, and she's helped millions of people around the world lose weight, get fit and feel great about themselves through her fitness DVDs.

A few years ago, Coach Nicole reviewed one of Leslie's DVDs and really enjoyed it. So, when we found out that Leslie has a new DVD coming out, we couldn't wait to get the scoop! Walk It Off in 30 Days is a month-long program that combines walking and strength training to get you results in 30 minutes a day. Here's what the most recent press release has to say about the program: 
Posted 8/23/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 59 comments   14,283 views
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Join 'The Spark Solution' Summer Challenge and Win Prizes While You Lose Weight

To celebrate the start of summer, we're launching The Spark Solution Summer Challenge on June 21. Lose weight while using the comprehensive 14-day program from SparkPeople's new book--and be entered to win prizes, including a $250 Visa gift card.

Lose up to 5 pounds in 14 days,
enter to win great prizes,
and say goodbye to diets forever!

Here's what SparkPeople Founder Chris "SparkGuy" Downie has to say about this challenge--and why the program in The Spark Solution: A Comprehensive Two-Week Diet Program to Fast Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health works:
Summer is a great time to set new goals for yourself. Whether you want to lose weight, improve your diet, or just reinforce the healthy habits you already have in place, The Spark Solution Summer Challenge can help you achieve success. At SparkPeople, we know you can't go it alone--and we know it's much more fun and rewarding to reach goals as a community. That's why we're offering prizes and added support to those who follow the program.
We hosted a challenge right after the book launched, but many of you said it was too soon--you needed more time to get ready or your copy didn't arrive in time. We listened, and we're launching an even bigger challenge this time--with prizes. (If you did the first challenge, you can still do this one and be eligible for the prizes.)
End the yo-yo diet cycle for good with a program that's proven, with built-in, no-fail tactics to ensure you're successful. No more deprivation and no more relying on sheer will power alone. With The Spark Solution, there is no next time, only this time! You're just 14 days away!

To join the challenge, you'll need to have a copy of the book by June 21. Read through the intro, get familiar with the layout of the book and the program, and be ready to start Day 1 on Monday, June 24. Starting that day, you'll check in daily on the team, share your progress, and receive added support and feedback from the book's authors (and others like you who are committed to getting healthy and losing weight once and for all).

What are you waiting for? Get your copy today so you can join in the fun!
Posted 6/10/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 35 comments   30,226 views
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Read the First Reviews of 'The Spark Solution'

As you've likely seen and heard by now, SparkPeople wrote another book--and it comes out next week, May 7! We are pretty excited about it, but don’t take our word for it – read what some long-time SparkPeople members who received advance copies are saying about The Spark Solution.

"This isn't a diet like other diets. It doesn't promise to shed pounds with little effort, or 'burn fat' more than others. It's about teaching you to make healthy choices for life. Teaching you to think about what you're putting in your body, and eat for energy. It's about mindfulness. This is a handholding introduction to healthy living, and after you finish the (two week) plan, it arms you with the tools and resources to keep moving forward."  --DRAGONCHILDE, My new secret weapon!

"After reading the material my first initial reaction was two thumbs up. Bravo! I would consider this new book to be more of a survival guide rather than 'just another diet book.' If you are just starting out or trying to get your Spark back after a downturn in your journey, this book is for you! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to build or rebuild a solid foundation for their journey that will carry them through." --ON2VICTORY, My Review of The Spark Solution

"I love this book. It's life changing. It should be shouted from the mountaintops! In the first 2 weeks I lost 4 pounds! I love how the book talks in language we can relate to. It is like the authors are sitting right there with you, speaking directly to YOU.” –NIGHTSKYSTAR, Review of The Spark Solution!

"I would recommend this book to anyone trying to lose weight. I'm a big fan of baby steps and changing your lifestyle. After all, that's what helped me lose over 200 pounds.
My very favorite aspect of this book is its ability to list real simple changes, recipes, and workouts that a real person can do. It isn't about having that one last big meal, becoming perfect and getting on the wagon to cook and workout for hours on end. It's about taking healthy choices and making them a part of your life." ~INDYGIRL, "The Spark Solution..." Book Review

"This is very good stuff to know, whether you need to lose weight or not. Living healthy is for everyone! It is a book that anyone can follow and get results with, but especially if you are just beginning the program, or if you need a shake-up because you are on a plateau." –CASSIOEPIA, THE SPARK SOLUTION

Read more member reviews of The Spark Solution.
Posted 4/29/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 18 comments   9,284 views
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This contest is officially closed! The winners are:

BodyMedia CORE Armband:


BodyMedia LINK Armband:


You may have recently seen on SparkPeople's staff blog that you can now connect your BodyMedia FIT device to your SparkPeople account. This means that you can wirelessly track your sleep patterns, activity minutes, steps taken and calories burned, and then seamlessly load your data directly to your Fitness Tracker—so cool! (You can learn more about the science behind BodyMedia FIT devices here.) We're excited to be able to offer this functionality on our site; it's just one more way we're trying to make healthy living easier for more of you!
Posted 2/5/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 109 comments   40,601 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Win a Copy of 'The SparkPeople Cookbook' (Now in Paperback!)

Thanks for entering. This contest is now closed, and winners have been notified!

UPDATE: We're extending this contest through the end of January 2013 and giving away five more copies. (The first five winners will be notified this week via email.)

Did you commit to cooking more in 2013? Whether you've never been comfortable in the kitchen, you want to make over your existing family recipes, or you need some motivation to give up takeout and fast food, SparkPeople can help!

To kick-start your year of cooking more--and to celebrate the launch of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" in paperback--we're giving you the chance to win one of five copies of our cookbook

Whether you've been on this road to a healthier you for awhile or you're new to SparkPeople in 2013, you'll want to keep reading. This is a giveaway you won't want to miss!

Written with our healthy cooking expert, Meg Galvin, the book is chock-full of over 150 quick and delicious recipes like barbecue chicken pizza, coconut lime shrimp, and mini apple tarts. Since these dishes were created by SparkPeople, you know they’re good for you, too! The book also includes success stories from SparkPeople members, helpful tips on food preparation, pantry checklists, and much more. Think of it as a personal chef in book form, encouraging you to live your best life by making smart food choices, one page and one recipe at a time.

The book was published in paperback on January 2, and it's also available in a new enhanced e-book version, which contains how-to videos and additional content. No matter which version you get, we know you'll love it!

Read more about the book, enter to win a copy--and get sneak-peek recipes!
Posted 1/3/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 56 comments   18,800 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a Fitbit One!

This contest is officially closed! The winners are:







If you've been hanging around SparkPeople for a while, you know that we believe small changes can make a big difference when it comes to healthy living. So it should be no surprise that we love the Fitbit! It's a convenient and discreet device that really motivates you to move more during the day. Many of us on staff have been faithfully wearing it for months now, logging steps and calories while seeing a drastic increase in our daily movement over time. We're so impressed with our own results that we've decided to share the wealth--by giving away a Fitbit One (provided by Fitbit) to FIVE lucky dailySpark readers!
Posted 12/14/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 126 comments   29,118 views
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Contest Closed: Enter to Win Coach Nicole's Newest Workout DVD!


Today is the big day: the official release of my new workout DVD, SparkPeople: Total Body Sculpting is the first to carry it
, and we have more online retailers and national chain stores who will be stocking the DVD within a matter of weeks, too. So stay tuned for more information on where to buy and some other great deals!
To celebrate the official release on, we are hosting a DVD giveaway for our members. That's right: Christmas is coming early for 10 lucky winners! Here's how to enter.
Posted 11/21/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 70 comments   19,897 views
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11 Easy Ways to Rest Better--and Why That's So Important

Editor's Note: Today we're sharing an excerpt of Get Well & Stay Well, a book by two of the foremost experts in integrative medicine, Dr. Steve Amoils and Dr. Sandi Amoils. The Amoils are co-medical directors of The Alliance Institute for Integrative Medicine  (AIIM) in Cincinnati. AIIM is one of the Bravewell Collaborative's leading clinical centers of Integrative Medicine in the U.S. Both Steve and Sandi are adjunct assistant professors in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Cincinnati. Beyond that, Drs. Amoils have the "SparkGuy" stamp of approval. Chris "SparkGuy" Downie has been working with them to manage his own severe allergies, with great success. They'll be sharing more info on integrative medicine in the coming months here on dailySpark.

Do you ever wonder where you go when you sleep, or why we even need to sleep? Sleep is not only essential for physical rejuvenation; it also provides an opportunity for the memory to integrate information, as if file clerks were coming in on the night shift to file away the experiences of the day.

Sleep also appears to offer the body an opportunity for internal housekeeping. Research from the National Institutes of Health has found that immune chemicals rise as we drift off to sleep, recruiting immune cells to cruise the body and lowering bacteria levels throughout the system. Clearly, if we don’t get enough sleep, we are much more prone to illness and accidents. In addition, lack of sleep raises the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain and type 2 diabetes.

When you sleep, you move back and forth through various stages several times. As you fall asleep, you go into a light sleep, known as Stage 1 sleep, where you drift in and out of sleep. You then go through Stages 2 and 3, finally reaching Stage 4. Stages 3 and 4 are referred to as deep sleep, because this is where your body hardly moves. During deep sleep, you ordinarily generate the neurotransmitter serotonin. If you don’t get enough deep sleep, you are thus more prone to depression, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, migraines, and a host of other problems.

The next stage of sleep is a very important one called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, where you dream. During this phase, your breathing speeds up, becoming irregular and shallow. Your eyelids jerk rapidly (hence the name “rapid eye movement”), and your limb muscles are temporarily paralyzed. Brain waves during this stage increase to levels experienced when you are awake. The heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, males develop erections, and the body loses some ability to regulate its temperature.

REM sleep and dreaming appear to help us sort out our daily stressors. This is the time when the mind appears to process emotions, sort through memories, and help us cope with stress. A person deprived of REM sleep can suffer from mood and memory problems.

Over-the-counter sleep aids that contain diphenhydramine (Benadryl®) induce Stage 2 and 3, but not Stage 4 sleep, reducing your ability to regenerate serotonin. Utilizing these aids on a regular basis can therefore result in depression. There are other options for improving sleep. Herbs such as valerian root and supplements such as taurine, 4-amino-3-phenylbutyric acid and 5-Hydroxytryptophan are often extremely helpful. Drugs such as zolpidem and trazodone maintain what is called normal sleep architecture, allowing a person to pass through all the different stages of sleep. However, these drugs are associated with side effects such as memory loss and dependency. Long-term use should be discussed with your physician.
Keep reading for a giveaway--and 11 tips to help you sleep better.
Posted 10/28/2012  2:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 25 comments   18,049 views
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CONTEST CLOSED Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 Copies of 'The Ultimate Grill Guide'


With Labor Day weekend drawing near, summer is unofficially drawing to a close. Most kids are back to school, office "summer hours" are over, and our tans are fading fast.

I don't know about you, but I’m looking forward to one more long weekend full of days spent outside (wearing plenty of sunscreen!), late-night laughs with loved ones, and grilled dinners eaten alfresco. I

As a way to celebrate summer just one more time, we're giving away 5 copies of our ebook, "SparkPeople's Ultimate Grilling Guide: 75 Hearty, Healthy Recipes You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into," available now on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Sure, we included plenty of veggie-rich side dishes, offered tips on grilling non-traditional dishes, and shared ways to stretch your meat budget to suit your waistline and your wallet, but there was something we didn't mention: This book is chock-full of recipes that are perfect for the meat lover in your life. And if that's not enough, these meals are both healthy and hearty.

Among the 75 recipes are:
  • Grilled Garlic Citrus Flank Steak
  • 'Shroom-N-Onion Stuffed Burger
  • Southwestern Grilled Pork Tenderloin
We think those meals would be perfect at a Labor Day cookout, and "SparkPeople's Ultimate Grilling Guide" would make a fun gift for the hostess who likes to grill.
Need more ideas for Labor Day meals? Want to enter to win a copy of this e-book?
Posted 8/31/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   7,474 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: 'The Weight of the Nation' DVD Set

Contest closed! The winner is:



A few months ago, we told you about The Weight of the Nation, a four-part documentary about the US obesity epidemic. The series aired on HBO back in May, and it will hit store shelves as a 3-disc DVD set starting today.

Here is a quick summary of the series, from HBO:
Posted 7/31/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Melinda Hershey : 17 comments   8,555 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Win a New Exercise Outfit from Moving Comfort

Contest closed! The winner is:



Here at SparkPeople, we're big fans of workout clothes that are not only comfortable, but look good, too. So when our new sponsor, Moving Comfort, offered to send us some workout clothes to try, we were stoked! We had a blast sorting through the clothes and putting together cute, functional outfits to get sweaty in. We liked the clothes so much that we thought it would be fun to learn which of our outfits you liked best--and then give it away! 

Coach Nicole volunteered to run around in the sun and model the Moving Comfort outfits (tough job, but someone had to do it!). Check out the choices below and then cast your vote at the end of this post for a chance to wear the winning outfit yourself!
Posted 7/16/2012  2:00:00 PM By:   : 862 comments   41,688 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Win a Copy of Our 'Ultimate Grilling Guide'

This contest is closed!
In many families, traditional roles are reversed when the grill gets fired up. Mom gets a break from cooking and dad takes over. That's how it is in my family. Both my dad and my stepdad are the grillers-in-chief.

We had dads in mind when we wrote our latest ebook, "SparkPeople's Ultimate Grilling Guide: 75 Hearty, Healthy Recipes You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into," available now on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Sure, we included plenty of veggie-rich side dishes, offered tips on grilling non-traditional dishes, and shared ways to stretch your meat budget to suit your waistline and your wallet, but there was something we didn't mention: This book is chock-full of recipes that are perfect for the meat lover in your life. And if that's not enough, these meals are both healthy and hearty.

Among the 75 recipes are:

  • Grilled Garlic Citrus Flank Steak
  • 'Shroom-N-Onion Stuffed Burger
  • Southwestern Grilled Pork Tenderloin

We think those meals would be perfect at a Father's Day cookout, and "SparkPeople's Ultimate Grilling Guide" would make a fun gift for the dad who likes to grill.

Need more ideas for Father's Day meals? Want to enter to win a copy of this e-book for you or the dad in your life?

Posted 6/13/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 1 comments   8,608 views
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