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SparkPeople Radio Addition!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hello Everyone

I'm happy to share more about the new host for SparkPeople radio, Bettina Bush. I've had a chance to start getting to know Bettina and think she'll be a wonderful addition to the team.

Bettina is a great fit for the team since she is both a Mom who is passionate about healthy living for herself and her children, and also a very accomplished radio and media personality.

We're lucky to have her join the team to help more people reach their goals in this fun way. One of our goals for SparkPeople Radio is to eventually syndicate the show on regular radio so we can spark more people to reach their goals. Adding Bettina to the team gives us a great chance of reaching this goal.

I recently did my first show with Bettina and it was like having a party on the air. I hope everyone enjoys this and will join me in welcoming Bettina to the team!

If you want to learn more about Bettina, take a look at the SparkPeople Radio homepage and listen to one of the episodes:
sparkpeople.com/radio

SparkCheers!

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STRONGERLEANER 3/28/2014 3:10PM

    Although I have nothing against Bettina, I miss having Lily Hills. I am sorry that she is gone.

I am glad that Spark Radio has continued. When the episode updates stopped, I wondered what was happening.

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MARIAJESTRADA 3/9/2014 10:00PM

    Great! I was wondering what happened to Spark Radio. I liked the ladies who were on before; I hope they are well.

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    Welcome Bettina

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    Welcome to Bettina!

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    emoticon Bettina!

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  Spark Radio is in good hands!

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    I have been listening every day.
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    emoticon this is a fantastic site-

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  Glad to have her on SP!

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JERICHO1991 2/27/2014 6:02PM

    I have enjoyed the new spark radio episodes I have heard so far.

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SCRAPBECCA 2/27/2014 12:51PM

    Welcome Bettina.

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JSEATTLE 2/27/2014 12:27PM

  Thanks for the update on your new host. I enjoyed the previous ladies and am enjoying Bettina.

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MIMIDOT 2/27/2014 11:17AM

    Thanks for the update. But miss the other two gals! Good luck to Brittina.

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KELLEY106 2/27/2014 10:25AM

    Thanks for the update

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RAESUN54 2/27/2014 10:11AM

    Welcome Bettina, I have listened a couple of times and have enjoyed her energy, etc.

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GEMINI-SKY 2/27/2014 9:18AM

    emoticon Aboard Bettina !!!
I look forward to you on our radio !!!

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LCRUMLEY81 2/27/2014 9:09AM

  Thanks for the info

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SHERYLP461 2/27/2014 7:36AM

    I have enjoyed listening to Bettina

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GRAMPIAN 2/27/2014 6:23AM

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    emoticon Bettina & emoticon for joining the spark team emoticon

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123ELAINE456 2/27/2014 3:16AM

  Welcome Bettin's to Spark People. I Love SP!!! Thank You For The Update!!!

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FUNZ81 2/27/2014 12:04AM

    I loved the Spark Radio show I listened to. Bettina's upbeat attitude brought a smile to my face! emoticon

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Friend Feed Updates!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hello Everyone

Hope you are having fun reaching many types of goals! I wanted to let you know about an announcement for our Friend Feed updates if you haven't seen it. We love trying to figure out good ways to help members stay connected so they can support each other reaching goals. This turns into a double-win since supporting other people is such a great way to stay on track to reach your own goals.

Here is the announcement if you'd like to take a look:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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Chris (SparkGuy)
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PS Thanks for the great comments everyone! We made a couple of improvements, including:
1) Adding a light blue background to every other entry to make it easier to read
2) Bolding the usernames to make it easier to scan those


  
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NILLAPEPSI 2/27/2014 3:48AM

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    Awesome ,thank-you!

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NGCHILD 2/20/2014 8:12AM

    I love the changes but miss the notification where my friends commented on other's blogs.

Thanks for being progressive! I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE!!

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MARGEMF 2/16/2014 1:34AM

    I'm a bit behind, thank-you for posting this.

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CHICKPEA23 2/15/2014 3:23PM

    I posted a comment about this before, and it wasn't negative but it seems to have gotten taken down? Anyway, it used to be nice to see when friends had commented on others' blogs. I found some interesting blogs that way and noticed that my friends became friends with each other through that feature. It was a community-building thing.

thanks for all the great work!

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CHEFAMANDA 2/15/2014 3:09PM

    I have no issue with the changes (so far), but I have a problem, that was also a problem with the old friend feed. When I hover over a post that others have liked, I get a list of users who have liked it. That's fine, but the list doesn't go away. It switches to the next post I move over, and once the box has popped up, it won't go away, no matter where on the page I move. I have to click off to the side of the page to make it go away. Is there a way to make it just pop up when you hover over, then disappear? I really don't want to see it at all. If I want to see who liked a post, I can click the number. But if we have to have it, it would be less annoying if it went away on its own.
Thank you!

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123ELAINE456 2/15/2014 5:27AM

  Awesome!!! Thank You.

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INGMARIE 2/14/2014 6:52AM

    I just have a question , I f we track our activities ,then also sync the fit bit ,we double up on activities and calories?

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MARYJEANSL 2/13/2014 11:36PM

  Seems like a reasonable idea to re-vamp the friend feed. There are many worse things you could have done.

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Many comments on the white background and I tend to agree. A little hard on the eyes. I turn the brightness down on my computer when reading. I would still like to have a button along with the "comment" and "like" that allows us to let our friends know we care and may not "like" what has happened to them as in an illness, etc. Something to reconsider if you are tweaking the changes.

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KEKEIKO 2/13/2014 7:42PM

    Thanks for the heads up on the change. It's hard on the eyes with the white background.

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    Thanks for sharing.

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FANCYKAYAH 2/13/2014 5:33PM

    The colours made it easier to read but I can deal so far, sometimes changes do not need to occur all the time. Its bad enough with all the ads and pop-ups on the site~

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MRSRIGS1 2/13/2014 4:10PM

    Thank you! Typically, change is good however for someone my age and with tired eyes the white background makes it difficult to read.

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MASRITE 2/13/2014 3:30PM

    Need to go check it out!!

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JSEATTLE 2/13/2014 3:29PM

  Thanks for the update and improvements!

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KRAZY4KATZ 2/13/2014 11:19AM

    I have to voice my opinion in the fact that because my eyesight isn't that good, it's much smaller and the white background is very distracting. Much preferred the old one.

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REGILIEH 2/13/2014 11:16AM

    OMG! You evidently opened a can of worms! I'll just say THANK YOU!

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SHARJOPAUL 2/13/2014 10:55AM

    Most of the changes I like, however the all white background is more difficult for me to read. The separation of different peoples entries by color blocks was much easier for me. I know part of that is that I have dyslexia, so the color changes make it easier for me to track who's entry I am looking at and when it changing to another persons entry. I'm sure there is a way you can put back in the different color blocks and would really appreciate it if you would do so.

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JIBBIE49 2/13/2014 10:10AM

    Thanks.

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PAMBWS 2/13/2014 9:21AM

    Thanx for the update & link...I was in shock when I clicked & got something new.

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STAY39 2/13/2014 9:20AM

    I love what the changes can do but the all white color is pretty awful. I liked the colors it was before much better because it was easier on the eyes and easier to read. Is there any way the colors can be fixed?

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TRYINGHARD54 2/13/2014 8:59AM

    hope all gets fixed.

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  Thanks for the update.

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LOPEYP 2/13/2014 7:27AM

    Not loving the new friend feed. I really only have time to read friends blogs and the new layout makes it really difficult to quickly pick them out. emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 2/13/2014 7:26AM

    I appreciate that you wanted to give us all something new. I am not crazy about seeing everyone's workouts as I like to read/comment on all of my friends blog posts. Adding in all the workouts made this more difficult today. I have gone in and updated what I see so those won't appear anymore.

You've also lost the little symbols that indicate the type of update....miss those!



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SHERYLP461 2/13/2014 7:24AM

    Thanks I had not seen this

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NEWJEANSDAY 2/13/2014 6:16AM

    Thumbs down to this change... I hate the plain black on white background - not fun to look at. Like checking something at work.

I like the idea of announcing when someone tracks exercise, but had to unclick that option as there's just too much of it. If anyone has a good exercise day they often put it in their status. That's good enough for me. And if you really want to know, you could always look at their exercise tracker if they share it.



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WINNIE1978 2/13/2014 5:41AM

    I have loved a lot of the changes on SparkPeople since I joined in 2011, like the new start page, but I've got to say that the friend feed change is not one that I'm loving, or even liking very much.

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I get the idea behind changing the friend feed because the old feed was a bit cluttered up with buttons, icons, graphics, etc. But I think there are some things that were not improved with the change.

The alternating color blocks on the old feed made it SO much easier to differentiate between posts by different spark friends. The plain white background of the new color feed leaves me searching for where one post stops and another begins, which means it takes even longer than usual for me to go through all of the posts from my spark friends. I really wish you'd bring back the alternating colors, or at the very least, have a line separating posts.

Another issue is that the blog posts are too hidden in the mix. It would be great if the blog posts were bold or a different color. A lot of us rely on blogs to get feedback, advice, or just a little extra support so I feel they should really stand out.

I like that fitness information posts to our friend feed now. I think it'll be motivating on those days when I don't really want to workout, but I see on my friend feed that all of my spark friends have been active.

One thing I really wish would disappear from the friend feed is the ability to post how many spark points everyone spun on the wheel as a status update. I don't view my friend feed to see how many points someone spun on the wheel and I actually find it quite annoying because it's one more thing I have to filter through in order to see the posts that truly matter: blogs, status messages, weight lost, etc. At the very least, it would be nice if that was an option I could disable. I already have the reports on spark points totals and trophies disabled, but when someone posts their spin as a status update it's not possible to disable it.



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STEPH-KNEE 2/13/2014 3:32AM

    I love Spark People and the free support that we receive. We all embraced the new start page the best we could. I think most of us got accustomed to it in time, but I am with some of the others the friend feed changes are just awful. The print is too small, it is hard to read, the one before was better. The one before also had icons so I could scroll through and automatically know which ones were blog posts that I need to read to encourage others. I do like that we have the options to "unfollow" someone or to "hide" a certain kind of feed, but it is extremely hard to read and it makes me not want to bother going through the feed at all. :(

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Happy New Year -- You Are Appreciated!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Hi Everyone -- Happy New Year!

Someone in my family emailed this one around this morning. I thought I'd share it with the SparkPeople community. I think it's especially fitting here because there are so many people here making an impact on each other. Always remember that a gesture that might seem small to you could in fact end up being a life-changing moment for someone else who needs support.

Thanks again for your support!

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You don't have to actually answer these questions, just ponder them.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is… not many of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies.
Awards tarnish.
Achievements forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one.

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most.

I have passed this on to wonderful people in my life.
Enjoy the New Year! You are appreciated!

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SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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GRAMPIAN 3/18/2014 7:19AM

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  great post thanks

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1BEACHWALKER 2/12/2014 2:42PM

    Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile-I know I didn't have to answer this...but I have to! To say you and your website of people and sparkfriends is on that list! If it weren't for you I wouldn't be where I am today. It wouldn't have given me the start I needed to achieve what I have & to keep going! Losing weight, & improving my lifestyle in so many ways! So thank you!
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MCJULIEO 1/27/2014 9:49AM

    Excellent point! Thanks for the reminder...

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GERIART3331 1/14/2014 1:49PM

    Chris,

Sparkpeople shows that YOU CARE. Thank you for this.

geri

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GERIART3331 1/14/2014 1:47PM

    Hi Chris and Staff,

I've been gone for a while and what a fabulous addition you have added to Sparkpeople.

I'd like to Thank You Chris and Your Staff for your efforts and your generosity in allowing us to be the Best we can be.

I mentioned this to my neighbor Stacy and we are walking every day now.

Best Wishes for the New Year, looks like it will be the Best year ever for Sparkpeople!

Sincerely,
G
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MANDYLOVE_76 1/13/2014 2:13PM

    GREAT BLOG!

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ROSEBYRD 1/10/2014 2:54PM

    Thanks Spark Guy, this kind of took me down memory Lane. Happy New Year emoticon

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SHANNONY84 1/8/2014 12:44AM

    Much needed! Thank you so much! Have an incredible new year!

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GEORGE815 1/7/2014 8:17PM

    Wow. Interesting,

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TEACHEROF4TH 1/5/2014 10:20PM

    Well said, and a perfect way to start the new year! Thank you!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/5/2014 7:22PM

    I have seen this before but it's so good, it's always worth seeing again and thinking about.


Thanks

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WISHICOULDFLY 1/5/2014 12:11PM

    Wow. Something to think about!

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    emoticon Perhaps we all matter after all when we think we don't. A good reminder. emoticon for sharing.
Happy New Year!

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_BABE_ 1/5/2014 2:34AM

    Good to think about!

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AMCAN262 1/4/2014 4:26PM

  Spark Guy you are one of my five. Love what you have done to help so many of us. Have a wonderful and blessed New Year. Thank you :)

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1DRWOMAN 1/4/2014 3:40PM

    Loved it and have shared it on Facebook...it's brilliant!!! Thank you for sharing...thank you for SP and thank you for creating a place that is always there for us like an old friend. xo Happy New Year!

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KAB7801 1/4/2014 2:15PM

    I love that! Thanks

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CAROLZ1967 1/4/2014 12:51PM

    So true!


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Thank YOU and the whole Spark Team for being one of those people who has had a great impact on my life. I'm so appreciative of this site!

Cheers!

Amy

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ANGELN325 1/4/2014 10:03AM

    I love this! TY

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GIVEUP30 1/3/2014 10:34PM

    Thank you

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ELIZABETHDS 1/3/2014 10:10AM

    Thanks for passing this along - it's a real gift as we start the new year!

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JUNETTA2002 1/3/2014 9:19AM

    Awesome thanks for the thought provoking blog

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GONNALOSE5 1/3/2014 7:40AM

    Oh so very true. Thank you for sharing, I will share as well.

~Happy new year.

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    well said!

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RASPBERRY56 1/3/2014 4:29AM

    Great points! Thank you for sharing, Spark Guy!

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DANIELLE2013 1/3/2014 1:43AM

    What a great reminder, thAnk you for sharing!

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SparkAmerica Launch Announcement (please read :))

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hi Everyone

If you have a few minutes, I'd really appreciate it if you can take a look at the SparkAmerica launch announcement I wrote and posted yesterday. I'm very excited about where this could go as a fun way to help individuals, communities, organizations, and even countries!

Quick note to our international members: as I mention in the blog, we also plan to have versions of this for many other countries, hopefully with partners from those countries. Including the name in the location is part of this overall strategy, so there will be many different names involved, for example including: SparkChicago (and hundreds of other cities around the world), SparkAmerica, SparkCanada, SparkUK, SparkIndia, etc.

Here is a link to the announcement -- please let me know your thoughts below if you have a chance!

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=announcing_the_launch_of_sparkamerica


Thanks a bunch for your support!

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EATSWEATLIVE 1/3/2014 11:33AM

  Will SparkAmerica and the site ever be in Spanish or collaborating with Spanish speaking countries? I feel as if that would be something positive to include, especially because a very large portion of the US population is also Spanish speaking. Yes there are Spanish speaking boards available if we want one, but you would also attract a larger subset of people if they didn't have to figure out what the page states first in order to join the page. Just asking.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/31/2013 12:39PM

    I think its great!

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NEW-CAZ 12/27/2013 6:57AM

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GREGGWEISBROD 12/20/2013 4:05PM

    I love the concept, it really attempts to draw you in more with simple steps. I have to admit, I found the article you linked to be really vague, and not exactly to the point. It was not until I visited the actual webpage that I began to get a better idea of what you are proposing to do. I suppose the reason it has to be a limited regional release is because you need to focus for the sake of building your advertising base (general assumption) and that seems totally reasonable to me. I love all things spark and owe so many thanks to you and your team for building a place that has fostered my weight loss - but even more importantly, has fostered a meeting place where the friendships I have made have helped to heal parts of me that go beyond the physical. I would definitely support any endeavors you made north of the border, and will continue to trumpet the name of SparkPeople to all those around me who constantly ask how I managed to lose all this weight. I hope you get this kind of thanks and gratitude on a daily basis, cause you honestly deserve it.

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LOVESLIFE48 12/14/2013 9:29AM

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MAW_OH 12/13/2013 11:49PM

    I have been awarding points to my favorite teams since I noticed the review link on the spark point page. I would like to see the point total after I do so, is there a way to do that?

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EMMABE1 12/13/2013 9:44PM

    Why is it that we keep getting all these changes and extra things - but are told that international members cannot take part in competitions or buy the Spark because of the cost and needing to keep the site free??
Do you really expect that we believe that all these new features and "improvements" cost nothing??
If you believe that - which shower of rain did you come down in ??

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CASSIOEPIA 12/13/2013 9:11PM

    I love the extra motivation, and will look forward to the day Canada will be on board.

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GEORGE815 12/13/2013 8:49PM

    Not as many popups. Thank you!

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/13/2013 1:26PM

    I will check it out. emoticon emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/12/2013 11:56PM

    I'll think about it.

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123BITES4ME 12/12/2013 11:38PM

    As with all changes some will adopt immediately..some will wait..thas me by the way & some will say No Way..No Change. I prefer to wait for the program to roll out ..give it a try..see how it rolls & if it is a fit for me, my life & my goals.
No one shoe can fit all people..so no one program can be exactly what everyone desires. The present format offers multiple teams & methods to achieve, to track, to plan, even to journal & or blog. Will there be a demand on members time that is an increase over what is now? Is there any person that feels overwhelmed..I did..I dropped all my teams like a rock & jetted outta here. But I am back.
I am not crazy about the new start page..but am learning it & getting comfortable with it. I figure the new "improved?" SparkAmerica will bring the same issues. One that I wonder..will all of the members from all over the world still be interacting as we do now or are we to be separated into our "countries of origin" ? Will we lose the lovely international taste of correspondence we now enjoy? So many questions that I will not find answers to until the program is changed & activated. Will it then be too late to voice opinions & seek change?


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RICKI157 12/12/2013 11:14PM

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MOBYCARP 12/12/2013 9:16PM

    I looked at SparkAmerica. It seems to duplicate some of the things I use on SparkPeople, and place an emphasis on things like team competitions that I'm not particularly interested in. I'm sure there will be a market for it, but it looks like a version of SparkPeople that doesn't meet my needs as well as the real SparkPeople does.

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EMMABE1 12/12/2013 8:26PM

    Maybe it would be better to give International members FULL use of the site now instead of discriminating against them as you continue to do - at present they might join but many leave in disgust that they cannot have full use of the site.

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GRACEOMALLEY 12/12/2013 6:17PM

    I'm reserving final judgment until I see what the complete new picture is. If I were in my 20s and very into social media, this concept might be of interest. HOWEVER - the SparkPeople site already provides challenges and friendships and support and comraderie. I barely have time in my schedule to post here as it is. If you make this too much more complex and time consuming (read TIME WASTING) I'll find another way to use my time.

I hope you are going to make this SparkAmerica or whatever a separate level and something we can select to participate in - not be forced to be part of if we want to continue with SPARK. I want it to succeed, but not if it mkes this site useless to me.

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GABY1948 12/12/2013 4:55PM

    emoticon can't wait to see more!

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PASTAFARIAN 12/12/2013 3:47PM

    I'm not thrilled by the idea of the new challenges offered by SparkAmerica. There are already more than enough challenges on the SparkPeople website.

I agree with Nora, I'm not looking for more things to consume my time. I'd cutting back. For example, I no longer click simply for points. That article has to be something I really want to learn about in order for me to click on it. And even then, I no longer click on the "Get Your 5 SparkPoints" at the end of articles. I no longer spin the wheel. And so on.

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SPARKGUY 12/12/2013 3:45PM

    Hi Everyone -- thanks for the comments on the ads on the site -- it can be a tough balancing act where we want to be able to pay our bills and employee salaries, but don't want to disrupt the user experience. A couple of points I can mention are:

1) Some of our ads are served by outside companies like Google and sometimes ones we don't agree with make it through. When that happens, often members let us know and we're able to shut them off. (I know it will be tough having ads that everyone agrees with -- we do invest all ad revenues right back into the site).

2) This SparkAmerica project has the potential to really help us with this issue. If we can bring a good amount of attention to this, we then increase the odds that we're able to continue bringing on board higher-level advertisers and other types of partners so we can keep doing things to help people reach their goals.

Thanks again for your support!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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FITFRIT 12/12/2013 3:27PM

    I agree with a previous poster about the nature of the ads on Sparkpeople. When I see an ad here I assume it's something that Spark approves of and yet that's not the actual message of the site. It's confusing for a lot of the less savvy members.

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NORASPAT 12/12/2013 2:44PM

    Its a great idea but I do agree about the amount of time lost because of intrusive advertisements. I try to look at a video and time is lost. I am cutting back on most things other than message boards and friend feed. I love being with spark. I love having friends I love but since I am close to my goal the advertisements will be my downfall unless somehow they are not SO intrusive.
It is counterproductive to advertise weight loss products that our coaches warn us against. It just feels hypocritical. I realise money makes the world go round but I get more ads than my computer can handle. I am retired but I feel sure my time at the computer is lengthened by far because ads will lose comments and blogs.
Without Spark I would not be this healthy at 70 years young, I would not have found such supportive friendships, good friends not just Spark friends and I really hope there will be a solution to this.

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WALLAHALLA 12/12/2013 2:28PM

    Sounds good, but I am concerned about the marketing aspect. I have no problem with ads for healthy products on my pages, but most of the ads that now appear hawk products that the spark articles warn against. With the new program, will we be bombarded with even more such ads that are contrary to a healthy lifestyle?

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EMMARCH45 12/12/2013 1:35PM

    Sounds excellent. I've been looking for a way to encourage and involve my friends who want to lose weight but are not quite as dedicated as I am. This is perfect! After reading the blog, I can already make a list of people to invite.

Go for it, Spark Guy! ! I know a lot of us will be praying for the success of SparkAmerica. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESCATS 12/12/2013 1:34PM

    Read it, looking forward to seeing what it's all about !!

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SERENE-BEAN 12/12/2013 1:08PM

    I understand the marketing aspects of this, and I fully support SP doing whatever works, marketing-wise, but this will not change anything about the site's function in my life, so while I'm happy to participate, I don't find it to be the big exciting thing some folks seem to. Still, glad you're happy about it, and hope it succeeds.

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WOWEETOO 12/12/2013 1:03PM

    GO FOR IT
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MEMORIES7 12/12/2013 1:01PM

    emoticon and emoticon and emoticon together!!!! I think that this is just emoticon I say GO FOR IT!!!! Have a healthy day! Hugs, Rose:) emoticon

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NICOLETTEJJ 12/12/2013 12:56PM

    cool

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CLESHER 12/12/2013 12:55PM

    Exciting..I am ready to contribute and spead the spark...

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JACKSGRAN 12/12/2013 12:55PM

    I like the connection. Waiting in anticipation for SparkUK. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/12/2013 12:53PM

  Thank you!

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JSTETSER 12/12/2013 12:49PM

    I love the way that Spark People is now connected to the SparkAmerica.
Great job, Spark Guy!

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Happy I wasn't on this flight!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Watching video like this airplane landing from a few days ago in the UK makes you thankful for all those routine landings (and another small reminder to appreciate every day and live life to the fullest!).

Note: For some reason these embedded videos aren't working on the blog page itself, but do work on the summary page here (if you aren't already on the summary page):
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal.asp?id=sparkguy




SparkCheers!

Chris (SparkGuy)
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

1BEACHWALKER 12/14/2013 10:24PM

    I haven't flown in years and would be glad not to be on one of those flights too! Safe Travels! emoticon

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RISING_STAR1ET 12/11/2013 11:20PM

    I've never been on a plane before but want to travel so this is a double edge sword for me when I see stuff like this!

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LOVESLIFE48 12/10/2013 8:48PM

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 12/9/2013 6:07PM

    That is why I do NOT fly....ever!

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WOWEETOO 12/9/2013 4:45PM

    when you consider the number of takes offs and landings daily all over the world flying certainly sounds better than driviing anyday lol but we never hear about those only the few that crash merry christmas!!
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LINDA! 12/9/2013 12:31PM

    Yikes!

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GAILANN48 12/9/2013 11:51AM

    Amen and amen. It's a reminder of how little we control, regardless of what we think.

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KYLIECAT1 12/9/2013 11:31AM

    scary !!!! I have never been on a plane before ! Yikes !

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OLDERDANDRT 12/9/2013 11:29AM

    Glad you weren't on that flight either!! ((HUGS))

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RICKI157 12/9/2013 11:21AM

    Very Scary!!!!!

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GUSGUS02 12/9/2013 11:19AM

    Thankful and grateful that all worked out but so scary for all involved.

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KKKAREN 12/9/2013 10:53AM

    yes I saw a video of it - too scary!

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PAMBWS 12/9/2013 10:06AM

    Wow...I'm glad I wasn't flying then, either.

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CLESHER 12/9/2013 9:33AM

    I am definitely thankful I am not on that flight...

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GABY1948 12/9/2013 8:30AM

    GREAT, thanks for sharing!

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DJSHIP46 12/9/2013 8:19AM

    Gratitude is ALWAYS the best attitude... Thanks for sharing!

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WINE4GIRL 12/9/2013 8:02AM

    Good call on the Captain's part to abort the landing!

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GOANNA2 12/9/2013 7:32AM

    Scary. Stay safe on your travels Chris.

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ATLTRAINR 12/9/2013 7:02AM

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FEMISLIM 12/9/2013 6:58AM

    Pray be to God for safety always.

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LISA579 12/9/2013 5:42AM

    scary

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JACKSGRAN 12/9/2013 3:07AM

    We weren't on that flight, but we were on one last year that was affected in a similar way. It is Scary I can assure you. Thankfully the second run was successful for them too.



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NEW-CAZ 12/9/2013 2:45AM

    Yes we had some severe weather! The worst for 60 years!

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/9/2013 1:44AM

    They had some brutal weather there .

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PATRICIAAK 12/9/2013 1:29AM

    me, too

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_BABE_ 12/9/2013 1:22AM

    There are brave and smart pilots flying like that everyday and that's why I feel safe to fly.

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IDICEM 12/9/2013 1:01AM

  Unnerving!

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MISSLISA1973 12/8/2013 11:59PM

    Oh, how scary that must have been for those passengers. I am with you... I am glad I wasn't on that flight!

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MARGEMF 12/8/2013 11:43PM

    In the video I saw here the plane landed & then took off. I'm not sure was the plane landing or taking off.

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DALID414 12/8/2013 11:29PM

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4EVERNESS 12/8/2013 11:16PM

    For me, it took a wrong turn on the runway, it rerouted me to google support and told me to try again in a half hour. Wonder if it's the same for all search engines....

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KATHRYNLP 12/8/2013 10:57PM

    Super scary... wow. emoticon

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KMVBBAM 12/8/2013 10:53PM

    Wow, glad no one was hurt.

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NORASPAT 12/8/2013 10:13PM

    I had contemplated to visit my place of birth to see my brother. He is losing his sight To macular degeneration and so is my DH of 50 years happily married. DH wants to see his older sister and I want my brother to see me while he can.
DH looked at the screen and he said it has put him off.
He knows we will go. Pat in Maine. emoticon for sharing. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Enjoy those boys they grow up so fast, our 3 sons sure did. Have fun.
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SAMMI-SAM 12/8/2013 9:50PM

    I hate flying & try to have bad gas if I do-

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FITFRIT 12/8/2013 9:45PM

    Holy wow

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JUSTDOITRIGHT 12/8/2013 9:34PM

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NIFERANDERSON 12/8/2013 9:14PM

  That looks like a wicked cross-wind! I'm glad the pilot though twice and pulled up to try the approach again. It's always better to circle around and touch down safely rather than take a chance with the wind batting you around. (I just read this for typos and realized maybe I spend too much time around aviation nuts.)

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/8/2013 9:11PM

    Wow, never had that happen and am I ever glad.

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/8/2013 8:54PM

    I'm glad you weren't on that flight as well!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/8/2013 8:54PM

    Wow! I am also happy that you weren't on this flight!

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MEMORIES7 12/8/2013 8:46PM

    Oh my! Oh my! Oh my!!!! I am so glad that I keep my two feet on the ground! The last scene shows where the plain finally stays on the ground and I know that the passengers have got to be shaken up for sure and I pray that everybody is alright! Now I have to take a deep breath 'cause that sent chills down my spine! emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/8/2013 8:40PM

    yikes!!!

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KASEYCOFF 12/8/2013 8:31PM

    Lovely... I'm flying home to England in two days. Glad it's not on Emirates, tho, lol...
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1CRAZYDOG 12/8/2013 8:22PM

  OH my goodness! I'll bet there was a que for the loo after they deplaned!

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KERRYG155 12/8/2013 8:20PM

    I saw one on TV the other day that would definitely make you think twice about flying!

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