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Get Your Daily Dose of Motivation from the DailySpark!

Good afternoon!

At SparkPeople, we are committed to helping our members and readers reach their goals in health and fitness—and in life. We know how hard it can be to stay motivated—especially with so many negative stories spreading around these days.
This is why we are particularly excited about launching the new feature that launched today: DailySpark. DailySpark features uplifting, positive and inspiring stories and videos from around the web, curated by our editors and experts. It's something you can look at each day for just a few minutes to reset your outlook and your motivation. Here are a few of my favorite DailySpark videos at the moment:
Posted 1/17/2014  4:00:00 PM By: Nicole Nichols : 8 comments   17,558 views
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'Pin' SparkPeople Content, Get SparkPoints!

You might have already known that by "liking" a SparkPeople article or tweeting it, you could get up to three points per day. Now, we are offering the option of "pinning" for those points. If you click the "Pin It" button on any piece of SparkPeople content (still up to three per day), you will be awarded one SparkPoint. (See all eligible SparkPoints tasks here.) To receive your points, be sure to click the "Pin It" button on the share bar at the left of any page.

We think that sharing your favorite SparkPeople content on social media is one of the best ways to "Spread the Spark" and help us help you get healthy for free!
Thanks for your support, and let's start pinning! (And don't forget that the healthy living inspiration doesn't stop here--join us on Pinterest for more free support and inspiration!)
Posted 9/25/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 7 comments   13,731 views
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VIDEO: Coach Nicole Answers Fitness Questions on Google+

UPDATE 8/13/13 5:00 p.m.: The live online hangout we first announced is now complete but you can access the video anytime by clicking the link above. We have also embedded a recorded video of this event in the blog post below. Questions discussed and answered by Coach Nicole and the panel of fitness experts included:

- Is Crossfit safe for the average person?
- What should you eat before a long run or race?
- Is water the best way to hydrate during a workout?
- What is best for weight loss: intermittent fasting or eating more frequent meals?
- Is long endurance exercise better for weight loss than shorter, high intensity exercise?
- Why is cross-training important and how should I do it?
- And so much more!

Posted 8/11/2013  12:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   12,710 views
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Follow SparkPeople on Instagram

Are you looking for a new way to stay motivated and connect with SparkPeople? You're in luck! We're now on Instagram, the photo and video sharing app! We love how easy Instagram is to use and that it allows us to share fun, healthy tidbits from behind the scenes at SparkPeople every day. While we do love writing about healthy living, it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here's proof:


Come find us on Instagram (and read the stories behind the photos). Tag your photos #sparkpeople to give us permission to repost them, and start following us to get the inside scoop on healthy living. Recently, we've shared pics showing how SparkPeople's experts stay fit (while having fun), snapshots into what really goes on at our offices, and our favorite words of wisdom.

Please share your Instagram username in the comments below, or follow us and we'll follow you back. Help us spread the word that #healthyliving is all about living! (Don't forget to give us a shoutout and use the hashtag #sparkpeople!)

If you don’t have an Instagram account, take a sneak peek at our feed here.

Are you on Instagram? What types of photos would you like us to share?
Posted 7/15/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 34 comments   18,721 views
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Great News: The Spark Solution is Now in Stores! (Help Us Spread the Word)

Today is a pretty big day here at SparkPeople. Our new book, The Spark Solution: A Comprehensive Two-Week Diet Program to Fast Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health, is officially available. WooHoo!

This isn’t our first book, but this is a major first for us: For the first time ever, we have published the very best advice, tips and tricks from our "Success Stories"--more than 100 members who've lost weight and kept it off using to accomplish their goals. These members know that how you start to lose weight is the most important indicator of long-term weight loss. They shared their struggles and successes so that you can learn from their experiences and remove the guesswork from weight loss.

To celebrate the release of The Spark Solution in stores, we're giving the first 1,000 people who buy the book in a store a special BONUS gift. Why are we asking you to buy in a store? We think this book has serious potential to change lives, but to do that we are asking for your help to reach the best-sellers list. When people buy our book in a store, we have a better chance of getting on the best-sellers list, and impacting even more people!
Posted 5/9/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Chris "SparkGuy" Downie : 41 comments   72,404 views
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SparkPeople on HuffPo Live Tonight at 5 EST

UPDATE: If you missed Stepfanie, you can watch the interview here.

Hi, SparkPeople! I wanted to give you a heads-up that I will be on Huffington Post Live today at 5 p.m. EST.

Tune in to watch me talk about how to break the bad habit of complaining--and why unleashing your negativity is actually bad for your brain.

I will speak with three other panelists for approximately 25-30 minutes.  Click here to listen/watch.

Posted 5/9/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 2 comments   4,110 views
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Behind the Scenes on 'The Spark Solution' Recipe Photo Shoot

One of my favorite parts about writing a book for SparkPeople is the recipe photo shoots. Those days start early and end late, with nary a moment to rest, but it's some of the best fun I've ever had while "working."

Today I want to take you behind the scenes of the photo session we did for The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health.  (Available for pre-order now!)

Talking to the team before the day got started. It was already hot under the lights!

The book contains 70 recipes, all created by Chef Meg, plus additional tips and swaps to vary those recipes based on what's in season and your personal preferences. And all the photos are in full color! The inspiration for the recipes, which we call "Spark Swaps" is the standard American diet--and all the comfort foods we love to eat. Ours are lower in calories and fat, and quite low in sugar and sodium. All of the meals were designed to fit into a 1,500-calorie meal plan, with no more than 2,300 mg sodium a day.

A delicious quesadilla in the making, with a delicious pesto in the background. We measured all the ingredients that went into every recipe to make sure they were true to the serving size.

Peek behind the scenes of the recipe photo shoot!
Posted 4/10/2013  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 8 comments   9,839 views
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Brittney Lost 100 Pounds and Improved Her Health*

SparkPeople member Brittney (MISSB8604) is featured on Huffington Post this week after losing 100 pounds! Find out how this self-proclaimed theater diva did it.
Check out her story here. (And check out these red-carpet worthy pics of Brittney, too.)

Way to go, Brittney! 
Posted 3/26/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 71 comments   30,364 views
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Learn How Bonnie and Nancy Reached Their Goals*

It's a great week for SparkPeople members! Two of our inspiring Success Stories are in the news for their incredible life changes.
Bonnie (FLYINGB16) lost 142 pounds, and now her story is featured on and in the latest issue of the magazine. Read part of her story here, and pick up the magazine (on newsstands now) to read more!
Nancy ( lost 49 pounds--and is a personal trainer who's had four kids. You can read her story at
Way to go, Bonnie and Nancy! 
Posted 3/12/2013  12:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 32 comments   37,692 views
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Losing 178 Pounds 'Saved My Life'!*

It's a great week for SparkPeople's Success Stories! Our members have been featured in two major magazines. First, we shared Megen's story, and today we have news about Pam Holmes (MAGGIEROSEBOWL), who started her weight loss journey at 328 pounds and 58 years old.  Just over a year later, she hit her goal of 160, then kept going. Now she's at 150 pounds! 
Posted 2/22/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 91 comments   51,060 views
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A Peek Inside SparkPeople Members' Fridges

A few weeks ago, we asked you to let us into your fridges, freezers, pantries and even shopping carts. Many of you sent us photos and answered our questions.
Why did we want a sneak-peek into your food stashes? Not because we wanted to see who had the healthiest fridge, the most organized pantry, or the barest freezer (look, Ma, no ice cream!). Nope. We wanted to show the world that SparkPeople embraces moderation. Treats are OK. No one's "on a diet" here. We're all changing our lives, one meal, one day, one step at a time.

That's why SparkPeople has grown into the largest website of its kind in America--with more than 12 million members and counting--because we focus on the living aspect of healthy living.

Today we're sharing with you some of the entries we received. Two of those we chose will receive a Kindle Fire and e-copies of all of our books. The others whose photos we're sharing will get e-copies of the books. (If your photo was chosen, you'll be contacted via email.)

We chose to share photos that had interesting and even downright funny stories behind them. Are they the healthiest fridges in America? Who's judging?

Let's open the fridge and take a look.
Posted 4/16/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 31 comments   18,336 views
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Spread the Spark on Race Day!

Spring is just around the corner, and that means racing season is almost here! What better way to spread the Spark than to show off some SparkPeople gear when you run in your next 5K? Check out these fun offerings from the SparkPeople Store to wear all season long!
Posted 3/17/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 4 comments   7,033 views
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Meet Samantha, SparkPeople Employee and Supermom!

Editor's Note: By popular demand, our Behind the Scenes at SparkPeople feature has returned.

Name: Samantha Donohue (SAMANTHA_SP)

Position at SparkPeople: Community Team Member

Age: 36

Family: Patrick, Husband (37) Jacob (8), Jonathan (7) and Aliyah (5)

How long have you worked for SparkPeople? I started in August 2004 – 7 years.

Tell us your proudest accomplishment at SparkPeople or a fun fact about your job: I love that I get paid to encourage pregnant women to stay healthy. My proudest accomplishment was the blog I recently wrote on my father and his health journey.

How do you stay in shape? I work out often, at least 4 times a week, but I’ve made it a goal to be active every day. I walk to pick my kids up from school and structure my time with them to include as much movement as possible. I love to run and you’ll often find me hitting the hills in my neighborhood or even the trails of Andale Park. My love for hitting the road on my road bike is on hiatus as I have young children, but in the near future I do see a future Donohue Family Peloton. I also like to exercise at the gym because I love the community of friends at the gym.  I take weekly core and strengthen training classes. My friends and I are able to drop our young children off and then are able to go for a run outdoors.
Posted 3/6/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Samantha Donohue : 9 comments   8,885 views
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Letís Move! and Physical Activity: Nominate a Champion of Change

Hey, SparkPeople! We know that plenty of you are Spreading the Spark and sharing your passion for healthy living beyond the confines of the internet. We've heard stories of how you influence your friends, your co-workers, your family, and even your kids and your community through your healthy habits and better choices. Every meal you make, every workout you complete, every pound you lose--it all gets noticed.

Back when SparkPeople was a mere "spark" in Chris Downie's eye, his own healthy habits inspired his co-worker, which in turn inspired others. All these years later, look at how many people Chris' healthy choices have affected and motivated! We know plenty of you have stories that are equally as inspiring.

We want you to get the recognition you deserve, so that's why we're so excited to tell you about the The White House Champions of Change initiative for physical activity.  The deadline is January 23 at midnight, so you don't have much time!

What is it?
The White House Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country that represents President Obama's vision of out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the rest of the world through projects and initiatives that move their communities forward.

More than one out of every three American children is overweight or obese, placing them at greater risk for chronic disease and contributing to rising health care costs, as well as declining productivity. In 2009, the magnitude of the problem moved First Lady Michelle Obama to launch Let’s Move!, a comprehensive, collaborative initiative to combat childhood obesity. Last April, the White House hosted a Champions of Change event to highlight the work of chefs in improving school nutrition programs. This year, we are seeking recommendations of individuals and organizations that are increasing access to physical activity and play for young people. 

Tell us about an individual who is helping youth in your community get the recommended 60 minutes of activity per day. Please use the form below to nominate a champion to come to the White House to be honored for his/her work:
Champions may increase access to physical activity through some/all of the following:
  • Organized or competitive activities for teams and/or individuals, including youth with disabilities;
  • Unstructured play;
  • School-based activities, including physical education, recess and activity breaks;
  • Outdoor activities that promote time in nature;
  • Afterschool or summer programs.
Posted 1/20/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   7,349 views
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Tune In to Watch Chef Meg on 'The Doctors'

Great news: Chef Meg will be on The Doctors on Thursday, January 19, to talk about "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight." This is huge, and we're incredibly excited!

You'll have to tune in for all the details, but we can tell you this: She'll be spreading the Spark and talking about the cookbook. Here's a hint, from "The Doctors": Boost your nutrition, lower your weight and maintain flavor in your favorite comfort foods! Master chef Meg Galvin shares healthy recipes for sloppy Joes, creamy broccoli soup and more. Plus, the daily habit that can cut your chocolate craving in half.

Click here to check local listings, and please help us spread the word by sharing this on Facebook and Twitter, emailing this blog post to your friends, and asking others to tune in.

We're thrilled to have this opportunity to tell so many people about SparkPeople and the cookbook. The SparkPeople team will be tuning in on Thursday from our offices, and we hope you'll join us from your home, office, or gym.
Posted 1/18/2012  2:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 32 comments   13,174 views
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