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Introducing SparkPeople Mobile

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Hi everyone

We're happy to announce that we re-launched some of our key tools so they can be used on mobile phones that can connect to the internet. We basically simplified the tools so they work on smaller screens.

You can login to use our food and cardio trackers, helping you keep up with tracking while on the go. You can also do a quick food lookup or browse foods from popular restaurants, for when you quickly want help to make a better food choice.

You can access this by going to mobile.sparkpeople.com on your mobile phone. You can click here to learn more about our mobile site, including finding out how to interact with other mobile users on SparkPeople.

Finally, even if you don't have a mobile phone, if you know someone who does you can let them know about this! As with everything else on SparkPeople, it is totally free.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRACY_D 7/22/2008 7:49PM

    Your mobile site is great, but how about attaching a CSS stylesheet for iPhone and iPod Touch users? And, don't forget the .png icon so I can add it to my homescreen.

A SparkPeople app in the App Store would also be great. There are tons of other diet and exercise apps in the new App Store. I'd love to use my Spark account instead, though.

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MYSTICAL-PIXIE 5/8/2008 9:37AM

    does nokia 5310 supports it??

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WKELLYJR 4/19/2008 6:29AM

    This is a step in the right direction. Are there any plans to have the SparkPeople programs available for PDA usage? This would be great for traveling, just use the program and then hotsync with your computer when you return home.

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MS_TATER_SMITH 4/18/2008 8:55AM

  Very interesting! I will try to launch this today. I can hardly wait!

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JCUBED 4/18/2008 3:51AM

    Wow, this is way cool. Now if I can only get my phone plan to match my weight, I may be able to afford the minutes. emoticon

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MDEDMUNDS 4/15/2008 11:03AM

    This is great, thank you so much for this tool. I travel a lot for work, so you have just taken an other excuse out of my excuse aresonal. emoticon

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BUTTERFLYKNIT 4/14/2008 11:49PM

    Thank you for doing a mobile site. I was out of town for the weekend and unable to track my nutrition and exercise...now I will be able to. Thank you!

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ARMAN52 4/14/2008 1:52PM

    I'm looking forward to using this feature, as I can't get to my computer consistently!

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DIZZYK 4/13/2008 8:37PM

    Hurray! This will help when I travel between assignments!

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RENE73 4/13/2008 8:10PM

    great idea, i tried logging in to Spark People on my phone about a month ago and couldn't because my phone couldn't support the page. BUT NOW I CAN SINCE SP JUST LAUNCHED THE MOBILE USE... YAY!!!!!! emoticon

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PRINCESSTTM 4/13/2008 2:27AM

    awesome IDEA.... everything on SparkPeople is so much more than I could ever imagine... so I hate to ask for more BUT what about a 'tool' for a PDA; I love my palm pilot... I am able to sync info with quicken... thanks for everything that ya'll do... blessings terri, princess of the terri-tory emoticon

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44ANGEL 4/12/2008 11:09PM

    This is a really good idea. I will check it out. Thanks.

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ONLY4JCS 4/12/2008 9:22PM

    Great Idea! Now I need to get a good cell phone that I can do this on :)

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JIBBIE49 4/12/2008 9:05AM

    I don't have a cell phone, because I don't want one, but my son has one. I'll tell him about this.

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LEIRIA 4/11/2008 11:04PM

    This is a really great idea. Thanks!

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MRSGUERRERO 4/11/2008 2:27PM

    Thank you! I'm hoping this solves my problem as an over the road truckdriver!

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CURVATUDE 4/10/2008 9:04PM

    sweet...i am new and always out and about and was hoping for something like this..

thanks.. emoticon

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MGUTNICK 4/10/2008 5:38PM

    Thanks so much for adding the music feature. I tried it a few days and is was so nice to on Sparkpeople while listening to classical music. It added a positive lift to my day.

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SKINNYGAIL 4/10/2008 5:09PM

    I just tried it on my phone and it's great, although (at least on my phone) the type is teeny! And do we have to log in every time?

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SISTERJAMEELA 4/10/2008 4:31PM

    Woo hoo i was hoping for this feature to be added yay!!!!!
I live on my cellphone so this is an added bonus especially when i go out.

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MATRIARCH2MANY 4/10/2008 3:59PM

    What an awesome new tool!
Spark People is definitely the greatest!

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SHERRIJ61 4/10/2008 3:40PM

    Just tried in out on my blackberry. This is great I can update my progress ever when I'm not at my computer. I just found this website Tuesday and i'm hooked.

Thanks for thinking of us on the go!

Sherri emoticon

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DEBBIEDAVISTN 4/10/2008 3:23PM

    Wow! You guys are amazing. Now I have no excuse for not making good decisions on the go. Thank you!

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BETTY925 4/10/2008 2:33PM

    This is so cool. Thanks so much. I tried it out immediately! Love it


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MSDISTRICT 4/10/2008 1:32PM

    You guys are always thinking of us, the users! Thanks so much! emoticon

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MOTIVATED8529 4/10/2008 1:27PM

    This is amazing! So much easier! Thank you!

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CARLI_MAE 4/10/2008 1:16PM

    Terrific idea! Thank you!

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BUBLEH 4/10/2008 1:13PM

    What a great idea!! I think its time I get a Blackberry!

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/10/2008 12:50PM

    AWESOME!! Thank You...Now, I will be able to keep up when I am away from home. emoticon

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 4/10/2008 12:35PM

    Wow! That almost makes me want to go get a cell phone! Thank you for continuing to raise the bar on excellence and innovation!

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KITT52 4/10/2008 12:26PM

    wow this is just great, another good thing about SP.
I love you all.

Kitt

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SUCCUBUS 4/10/2008 12:14PM

    Great - very handy to have! Thanks.

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KCFEMME 4/10/2008 12:04PM

    YAY!!! I've got my phone bookmarked now! I've been waiting for this one!
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ZLWIDOW 4/10/2008 11:44AM

    excellent loading it now on my pda!! thank you so much for this service

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PAMELA984 4/10/2008 11:38AM

    You guys are the best emoticon

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Introducing SparkSounds!

Monday, April 07, 2008



Hi everyone

We're excited to announce a small feature called SparkSounds, where you can listed to streaming music while on SparkPeople and on your computer. Some are upbeat for motivation and energy, while some are relaxed for concentration or reflection.

Right now we just have a handful of playlists that were created by our experts, members, and staff. In the future we may do more with music on the site, partly based on how much all of our members like SparkSounds.

You can access SparkSounds by going to our Health Lifestyle/Motivation tab, then finding the link at the bottom center of the page. You can also click here to access SparkSounds directly.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LISAMARIEMARY 5/28/2008 8:51PM

    What a fabulous idea - I love this feature! Thank you! emoticon

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JENNYFLOWER1 4/17/2008 1:12PM

    I've used this feature twice and I love it! I hope that you continue to provide it and add to it!

Jenny*

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BDHEISLER 4/16/2008 8:02AM

  I love this feature. It's a nice variety of music. Everyone can find something they like. There is music for all ages too, which as a child of the 60's, I appreciate.

Thank you for thinking of this and for all your efforts to make it available.

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KIRKCARP 4/13/2008 10:49AM

    I LOVE this! What a wonderful idea. You should put this out front-and-centre so everyone knows about it. Really, what will you guys think of next?
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BEE1974 4/13/2008 7:46AM

    I'm so glad I took today to revisit all of my "friends" pages. This is so exciting. Thank-you for always finding new ways to make spark exciting!
Great work to you and your team! emoticon

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SECRETO58 4/10/2008 10:40AM

    Awsome!!! emoticon

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MASTERPIGG 4/10/2008 7:12AM

    this is an excellent idea, i've had to pick up local stations, but they don't last long enough.
thanx.......... emoticon

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MARYXJANE 4/9/2008 8:19PM

    Great idea!

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COMPROMETIDO 4/9/2008 1:45PM

    I Love this! I am a music freak and always have to listen, while working, cleaning, ect... very nice! Thanks so much to you all for all the resources that you make avalible to us who need it so badly! Love ya! Christy

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BEINGME2 4/9/2008 11:49AM

    This is Super! I LOVE IT Thanks! Maybe we will all be able to add our favorite music to our sparkpage in the future ?



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BUBBLYB 4/8/2008 2:39PM

    that is a great idea....Thanks

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GODWITHINME 4/8/2008 2:19PM

    Always good stuff coming... Thanks!

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MRSHONEYCOMB 4/8/2008 1:16PM

    Cool!

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JOYLIV 4/8/2008 12:32PM

    I LOVE IT!

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LAYDEE2 4/8/2008 10:50AM

  Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1STCINDERALLA 4/8/2008 10:33AM

    I love this idea

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EARLENEM 4/8/2008 8:54AM

  ONE MORE REASON TO LOVE SPARKEPEOPLE.................. LOVEEEEEEEEEE IT!

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LYNPIN56 4/8/2008 8:25AM

  Love it! Really liked your set. Today I will listen again . Great idea.

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IRISH_EYES_66 4/8/2008 8:03AM

    Great idea!! I am glad to see more AC/DC fans!!!

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INFOGODDESS 4/8/2008 6:55AM

    What a great idea! Thanks.

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BLUESKIES3 4/8/2008 12:19AM

    Excellent!!

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SAHSABUG 4/7/2008 10:38PM

    Dave, this is a great feature, I can't wait to use it. What will you guys come up with next? All the work you guys put into helping all your SP members.
Here is a great big THANK YOU.
Jill

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ZSAZSAJANNY 4/7/2008 10:20PM

    Amazing what you can do with a computer! Spark Team rocks!

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MONICA_W 4/7/2008 10:04PM

    Dave, I'm not sure how you and the others managed to pull this one off, but I love it! I can't wait to see some more mixes, and be share some with friends. Fantastic! Thanks again for all your efforts.

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LATEBIRD 4/7/2008 9:30PM

    This site just keeps getting better and better! Thanks, this is a great addition.

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SASSYCHRIS1952 4/7/2008 9:14PM

    Man alive, the features of SP keep getting better and better!

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MATRIARCH2MANY 4/7/2008 8:34PM

    Ohmigosh! This is so wonderful, and PERFECT for this website!
You guys always amaze me!

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CHESSIEMUTT 4/7/2008 8:07PM

    Thank you!!! What a wonderful addition to an already GREAT place! Love the 80's music especially!!

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MAGGIEMG 4/7/2008 7:05PM

    Music makes everything easier, great idea!

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CSONIA 4/7/2008 6:51PM

  I LOVE IT!! WOW...
THANK YOU!!

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SPARKLEMAMMY 4/7/2008 6:38PM

    Wonderful another great feature from Spark Thank you so much

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BUBLEH 4/7/2008 6:29PM

    OMG!! This is tbe BEST feature about this site!! What a great idea!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

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JCH261 4/7/2008 5:03PM

  That is absolutely terrific.
Congratulations for a brilliant new tool.........

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HONEYLEA 4/7/2008 4:58PM

    You guys never cease to amaze me! This is fabulous!!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 4/7/2008 3:52PM

    Thx.

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TZH4145 4/7/2008 3:47PM

    This is cool music. Spark people rock!!! Way to go. I will be definitely listening to this music.

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PHEBESS 4/7/2008 3:45PM

    SparkPeople ROCKS!

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TLB513 4/7/2008 3:43PM

    WOOOHOOOO! Will definitely be checking out this feature, right away!!!
Thanks for all you do!
T

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KITT52 4/7/2008 3:37PM

    this is real nice... as always making it better and better.

SP rocks

Kitt

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KITEFLYINGAL 4/7/2008 3:36PM

    Oh I am just loving this.. music is a huge part of my life and being able to just have it a click away is really nice.. Creep is one of my favorites too. I use pandora a lot while I am here but this will be easier on my old computer. Thanks so much this is truly a "goodie"
Many smiles, debbie

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CEEDUZE 4/7/2008 3:35PM

    SO cool! Thanks so much.

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CARLI_MAE 4/7/2008 3:32PM

    Going to check it out right now!

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SAM60SUMTHINK 4/7/2008 3:27PM

    LOVE it! Thank you for adding this feature!

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CHERI13 4/7/2008 3:27PM

    How fun, thanks!

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BSHOWELL 4/7/2008 3:25PM

    LOVE this idea! Will be running ot check this out!

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CYNTHIAS50 4/7/2008 3:25PM

    How great is this! Thanks!

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Another SparkPeople Member on the Cover of Woman's World!

Monday, March 31, 2008



Members also featured in Health Magazine, Fox 5 NYC & More.

Once again SparkPeople.com members are making headlines! If you head to the newsstands today you can find Heather (KEEGANDLILY) on the cover of Woman's World Magazine and Melissa (FUMBLING) featured inside Health Magazine.

These members are shining examples of what you can accomplish with hard work and encouragement from your friends at SparkPeople! Heather has lost an amazing 111 pounds, and Melissa has lost an equally impressive 125 pounds! Read more about how Heather lost 111 pounds.

Additionally, you can find other members featured in regional coverage. Members in the New York City tri-state region were able to catch an interview of SparkPeople founder, Chris Downie and three great members on the Fox 5 Evening News. Those members: Thomas (WILDSTAR67), Diane (CRAZILITTLEDI) and Lani (SUCCUBUS) did a great job illustrating how SparkPeople.com has helped them lose over 150 pounds collectively. You can watch the video online at MyFoxNY.com: Online Weight-Loss Communities.

If you're interested in watching a few other videos featuring members in recent coverage, check out the videos we've highlighted from the Spark Your Health series from WSIL TV 3.

Just miles from the SparkPeople headquarters, two members (AMSXU04 & MEWIEGELE) who have lost 60 and 40 pounds respectively were interviewed for an article about online weight loss that was featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Great work to all of the members featured in these stories & articles; your help Spreading the Spark is crucial for SparkPeople's continued success. Additionally, your example will serve as inspiration and motivation for thousand of people across the country to take control of their health!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

YESI1211 4/21/2008 2:12PM

    Woohoo! SP rocks!

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TRCOUNTRYGIRL 4/10/2008 1:28PM

    I am so glad that SparkPeople is getting the great publicity. This site is wonderful for many reasons. Thank you so much for this great resource. It has been so helpful to me and informative. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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IBUTTERFLIES 4/7/2008 1:44PM

    I am an avid reader of women's world and that is how I found your site and I just want to say it is great , easy to use and it gives you equivalent information as to the bigger sites of weight watchers,etc. I am happy to have found you and look forward to making wonderful friends throughtout this weightloss journey- Thank you-

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SUSHIMAVEN 4/6/2008 11:35PM

    Thank you for the site. Can your server handle another million people?????


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EDTRICIA 4/6/2008 8:13PM

    Thanks so much for this site. WE LOVE YOU!

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 4/5/2008 3:14PM

    I love this site it is so helpful with all the great information and support that is given. It is so wonderful.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/4/2008 2:00PM

    Way to go!!

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GRANNYGRUMP 4/4/2008 11:07AM

  I'm so happy the word is spreading. The change in SP over the past year has been terrific. I found SP on a diet discussion group on Yahoo! Others were touting all the wonderful, fast weight loss programs. Spark People members jumped in and told them the success they had with a slower program that incorporated healthy eating, exercise and promoted a healthy lifestyle rather than simply diet!

Thanks for all you do!

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PUREBREDMUTT 4/3/2008 5:00PM

    DUDE! If ou ever need a $20 call me... 5 mill? holy crud-- we owe you and we'd help ya in a heart beat :D thank you SOO much

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BSHOWELL 4/3/2008 12:07PM

    Fabulous to see this!

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JAZZIAN12 4/3/2008 9:06AM

    because of spark people i feel good about myself again, my relationship w/my husband is better because now i don't feel so embarrased about my weight and i don't avoid him any more, he's always made me feel beautiful but now it's on a whole new level

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PIGLETSMALL 4/3/2008 6:22AM

    This is fantastic news. Congratulations Spark People and thank you too for helping me to regain control over my health!

love and hugs Helen xxx

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KEENCO 4/2/2008 9:13PM

  Thank you so much for giving us this wonderful site. I spread the Spark wherever I go.

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LATEBIRD 4/2/2008 8:44PM

    Thank you for Spark People! What a difference it is making in so many lives. I am so proud to be part of this great site. Together we can make the world a healthier place, one person at a time.

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ANAIRROL 4/2/2008 8:33PM

  That is great!! I am so glad that the word is spreading. I came from another site that was confusing with difficult meal plans. I really feel like SPARKPEOPLE is going to make a huge difference.

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133BEE 4/2/2008 5:26PM

    Yay! THANK YOU!!!

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WHIRLEDPEAS 4/2/2008 2:51PM

    I'm glad the word is getting out about SparkPeople. It's the most useful internet site I've found in a long time. Perfect strangers become friends who don't tire of hearing your struggles with weight loss. Tips from other members help because they are tried and true. The articles, tools and exercises are plentiful to allow us to tailor the journey to fit each of us. My friend emailed me about SP several times - I can't believe I didn't come here sooner!

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NANANANCY5 4/2/2008 1:50PM

    I want to thank you for Spark People.
THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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KERANIKKI 4/2/2008 1:36PM

    I'm so happy that SP is getting press. I hope more people will see that you can lose the weight and keep it off with some motivation and help from the greatest support group online.

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POIFECT_NOT 4/2/2008 12:48PM

  I agree thank you thank thank you
Sparks is awesome

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/2/2008 12:30PM

    SO AWESOME that SP is getting the recognition it deserves!

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AUTUMNCHILD 4/2/2008 9:52AM

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!

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FREEZED2 4/2/2008 9:34AM

    Thanks so much for all the research , resources, articles , success stories and motivational tools. My head is still spinning from all the tools I have at my disposal to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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LADYBUGVIV 4/2/2008 8:52AM

    Thank you for developing and maintain this website. It has made a great difference in my life. thanks again, luv, viv

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TINAL66 4/2/2008 5:54AM

    Great Segments, All of them! I myself joined SP after seeing the members on Ellen back in January. I had been wanting to do something about my weight for so long and joining SP has finally made it a reality and not just a dream. I have made so many wonderful friends in the process that are a complete Godsend. If it weren't for them I just don't know if I'd have continued. Above the benefit of the life changing experience, They make logging on every day worth the while!!! Thank You Everyone at SparkPeople!
"Spread The Spark".

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SURGICAL_TECH 4/2/2008 4:19AM

    I don't know where I would be without SparkPeople. All these years, weight loss was for the rich people. Now I know that even being of limited means we can eat right and exercise even if I didn't belong to a gym. I thought I knew everything there was to loose weight. Wow was I wrong.

Thankyou SparkGuy

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ONECALMMOM 4/2/2008 1:55AM

  Without SP I shudder to think where I'd be!

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DOUGHBOY13 4/2/2008 1:55AM

    Sparky, you're the best! I am so happy that I found this site - thanks to my friends on another site! I still cannot believe that this site is free to the public - truly the best site I have ever used including the ones that I have paid for. How is it that you keep doing what you do?! I am going to pass it forward and spread the spark!

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SANDYKMAC 4/1/2008 11:55PM

    This site is so awesome. I'm glad to see the Spark is spreading.

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MISSYJ143 4/1/2008 10:58PM

    This website has made such a positive impact for us all...and now people out there can see how helpful it is!!!

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MOTHEROFANGELS3 4/1/2008 10:31PM

    This is the most awesome site I have ever used, I look forward to the end of the day and logging on to get inspired, and chart myself to see that I am staying true to my goals!

This surpasses anything that I have ever tried, and that is too many to name. Thanks for being there Sparkman!

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LWORLEY416 4/1/2008 9:21PM

    Way to go, Sparky! You know I keep trying to tell Prevention Magazine that they should hook up with you but so far nothing. Could it be that they want to get money from people for their Flat Belly Diet site?! This is one of the main things that amazes me about this site! It's free! You're in it to HELP people, not to make money!
Keep up the wonderful work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FERRISMOMOF3 4/1/2008 9:19PM

    Great Interview Chris. I second what Diane, Thomas and Lani said - THANK YOU!!

I think this is so great that the Spark name is getting out there and getting so many more people healthy. I do what I can do spread the Spark too!

Great Job!
Tammy

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X2MOVE 4/1/2008 8:57PM

    Yes! Thank you, Mr. Sparkguy.

I used to pay for another site similar to this one and it not offer near the information and support as this site does. I am so happy that I found this site. It truly is wonderful, and, life changing.

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SIRENA3 4/1/2008 6:18PM

    It's fantastic SP is getting the recognition it deserves! ;-)

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ACLINE9527 4/1/2008 3:06PM

    I was so glad someone sent me the spark site. 22 weeks gone and 33 pounds of weight and 17 inches off 3 places on my body, but I know there are more inches, just only measured what sparks said too. At age 57 I have tried every weigh loss program out there, but the good old fashion way is the best and seems to work for this Grandma:) I love the energy level that has come my way. Anna

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INDIANA_SWEETIE 4/1/2008 2:33PM

    I have to agree. THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME WEBSITE IVE EVER SEEN!
I joined SP Febuary 11-2008. Not quite 2 months yet and have already lost 17 1/2 lbs. The people here are so supportive. The resources such as the calorie counter, fitness tracker and everything are awesome to have. For free at that!!! I LOVE SP!!! Im so glad I found this place.
Thanks Mr. SparkGuy!
Marlena

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LUCYLOGAN 4/1/2008 1:32PM

  I stumbled across SPARKPEOPLE after looking at an ad on a "daily quote" that I have been receiving for 4 years. I NEVER look at the ads! Your site is really good, and the free part is what has kept me using it. I enjoy the emails everyday. They keep me motivated with good information. The real kicker... I'm from Cincinnati and live right down the street from SparkPeople's location! Howdy Neighbor!

Lucy

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BUDDHA8 4/1/2008 10:15AM

  I have recommended this site to several of my co workers. And they are so glad that I did. Keep up the great job SparkPeople!

Beverly

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COLEMANSR 4/1/2008 9:05AM

    Awesome. Congrats to members and Sparkpeople.

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IRISH_EYES_66 4/1/2008 9:03AM

    Thanks so much for the link to the Fox News story!! It is great to be able to hear about and read about the success of others to help keep me motivated!!

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QUERIAN 4/1/2008 8:40AM

    I love Spark! Spread the love!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 4/1/2008 8:34AM

    Looks like we´re on-a-roll, maybe hit the tipping point!

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NANCYLEE46 4/1/2008 7:16AM

    GO SPARK!!! and that means each and everyone of Us!! Ty Chris for getting Spark started, but it is up to each and everyone of us to keep carrying the message and keeping this site free!!

Not to mention, You never know whose life may depend on us sharing SPARK. Personally, I would love to see the Emotional Aspect of SPARK covered (depression, Bi-polar. etc...) SPARK is a lifestyle change, not just nutrtition. I look at thenumber of people with emotional illnesses and how SPARK is helping us and am amazed.

Be Prepared, this is only the beginning!!!
nancylee46

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SMILEYPOLLY 4/1/2008 6:29AM

    Well done!

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WEDWO123 3/31/2008 11:41PM

    Congratulations to our members and Sparks.

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SAHSABUG 3/31/2008 10:21PM

    this is such a wonderful site, and ever time I hear how the news is making this site well know with its success stories, it makes me so proud to be a part of Spark People
Jill

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PHEBESS 3/31/2008 10:05PM

    Woooohooooooooo Spark!!!

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PARTTIMER 3/31/2008 9:44PM

    It's exciting to see this site get the recognition it deserves.

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DN1111 3/31/2008 9:38PM

    I joined after reading the article in Woman's World.

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NYC Area, Tune in and Tell Friends: SparkPeople on Fox 5!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008




SparkPeople.com's founder, Chris Downie and several amazing members from the New York area will be interviewed on Fox 5 WNYW during the local Evening News (which starts at 5pm) on Thursday, March 27th. We're asking all of our members in the tri-state area to tune in to show their support for SparkPeople!

Leave a comment or word of encouragement below!

  
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CONIFERA 11/15/2011 12:24PM

    I just watched the story by following the Inspirational Video link in the SparkPoints list.

I am surprised by what I learned. I have been using SparkPeople for several months on a very regular basis. I got the book and have been reading it in chunks. but, until watching the video, I had not REALLY fully realized the intensity of your (SparkGuy) commitment to the project, and to us!

This brings tears to my eyes. I've been trying REALLY hard to turn my life around, even though it's sometimes tough. And I can see that a lot of other folks here are doing the same. Knowing there is a person who cares enough to put his lifeblood into this (and not just another mindless, faceless corporate entity) really touches me.

I have a lot of reasons to be pursuing my journey to health, and your investment in us gives me one more good one emoticon

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MARYJB2 4/2/2008 5:07PM

    I didn't get this email till april 2, so I'm SOL.

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SANDHERST1 3/30/2008 11:51PM

  Saw it! Was very happy that I already participate in Sparkpeople. Thank you for the promo.

sandherst

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JSHARP1 3/30/2008 10:21PM

    Like I've told other members. I belonged to the Biggest Loser Website for a year. I always felt like they were pushing their products more than helping me. Thanks for a great site. I love how easy it is to track your nutrition. (now if I can remember to do it) Sorry I missed the show. I was out of town. Is it on U tube? :)

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JANEAMOORE 3/28/2008 3:02PM

  I am so grateful to have found this site...I had been a member of another site and was unable to continue with it, when I overheard a discussion about this site...I have to tell you it is a godsend...I have lost 70lbs in the past year and I was terrified that if I didn't have a link to track my daily routine as well as have encouragement I would likely put the weight back on! Thank you so much and I am sharing the Spark!

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~~JACQUELINE~~ 3/28/2008 1:39PM

    Thanks for the link fit2bfab, we don't get that channel over here so it was great to able to watch it anyway!!

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TINAROCKS1 3/28/2008 12:06AM

  good luck! i love this site. very helpful and great people! tina mclarney

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TAMARA507 3/27/2008 11:12PM

    Iam sooo proud to be part of this all team ...what a great segment ..woo wooo ..

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FIT2BFAB 3/27/2008 10:02PM

    What a great segment! You can watch it here: http://www.myfoxny.com/myfox/

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PLUSHIOUS 3/27/2008 9:02PM

    I was able to see the segment. I was so thrilled to say Hey I do that!!!!
I love being a new Sparkee!!
Thanks for all you do for us!

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SHARON632 3/27/2008 8:31PM

    We were so disappointed tonight when we turned on Fox news only to find that the SP segment was not aired due to a hostage standoff situation. I hope it will be shown at another time and that you will be able to let us know when.

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DEE831 3/27/2008 5:22PM

    wtg we love what u did for us.

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PYLOSOPHIA 3/27/2008 5:09PM

  This is by far the best site for finding motivation to diet...it's actually fun to play around and navigate all the tools available. Good luck! Can't wait to see you on the news!

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SKINNYKIKI 3/27/2008 4:44PM

    I am so psyched can't wait to see it-good luck

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GTILLETT 3/27/2008 4:42PM

    Sparkpeople is the best site for healthy living. I have seen fast results with my own eye. My daughter-in-law started using Sparkpeople at the beginning of the winter and she is already at her goal weight.

It's the best site yet.

GTillett

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41FREDDIE 3/27/2008 4:12PM

    If you cant catch it live maybe you can try to view it on "myfoxny.com"

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TOMNJERI 3/27/2008 4:11PM

  Chris,

I will watch and thanks for the heads-up. I always seem to miss you guys on TV and always find out too late. And many thanks for this wonderful site.

Jeri Reiderer

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SKINNYSOON13 3/27/2008 3:58PM

    We've been hearing about this for WEEKS from my friend Carly (CBAVOSA)! So excited to see it! Unfortunately, I live in CA, so is there any way that I'll eventually be able to view this? Thanks for forming this site, it's been such a blessing to so many people! :-)

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CBAVOSA 3/27/2008 2:27PM

    I am so excited to see you guys on there! My BF was the one that did the interview, and said that everyone was so wonderful! She loves the site and is so happy she got to meet such great people! I'll be watching! YAY!

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EARLENEM 3/27/2008 2:12PM

  Good luck, I will be watching. Hopefully people will see that this is a very good program and join.

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IRISH_EYES_66 3/27/2008 1:54PM

    I wish I lived in the viewing area but.... Good luck with the interview and I hope to see it on YouTube!!

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JACCIK84 3/27/2008 1:18PM

  All I can say is a HUGE THANK YOU!!!!!! Cant wait to see the broadcast!!!!

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PATTYPOOH222 3/27/2008 12:28PM

  There are a million diet sites out there and this by far is the BEST!!! Thanks for all you do!

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ZEVAST8N1 3/27/2008 12:21PM

  Unfortunately, I won't catch you guys on the news this evening, but WAY TO GO ON THE EXCELLENT WORK AND WONDERFUL DIFFERENCE you guys are making in our lives. Thank you soooo much!

Be Blessed,
*N*

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DENIMCHOCOLATE1 3/27/2008 12:16PM

    I will be watching for sure, you guys are such a blessing!!

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LIPSJC411 3/27/2008 12:15PM

    Good Luck, I can't wait to see you on the evening News.

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PENSTER1005 3/27/2008 12:13PM

  Good luck will be watching I think it's great that we all support a common goal,weight loss

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NJLASKO 3/27/2008 11:45AM

  Wonderful news! Way to go!

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NEECEE363 3/27/2008 11:44AM

    I am so glad this wonderful service you have started is making the news! It should be recognized because you have created a great service for so many people suffering from obesity and who have felt, up until now, that there was no help or support. Your site has made a world of difference in the lives of so many people and we would like to say: THANK YOU!

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HELENM22 3/27/2008 11:29AM

  Thank you for making Spark people a part of my life. It has made a big difference in my life Thank you and keep up the good work helping people.

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SIXERNJ 3/27/2008 11:26AM

  Good luck! I'll be watching!

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JWADE011 3/27/2008 11:22AM

    I'll be watching as well as my husband and son. We have made a huge lifestyle change since going on Sparkpeople and are better for it. Way to go !!!

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CBEHRENS 3/27/2008 11:14AM

  What a wonderful place to visit everyday. I have learned so much about myself and the things that I can control. I have lost just about 60 lbs. I feel better, look better and I am better. Thanks Sparks for making me who I am today!

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NDUCHEIN 3/27/2008 11:13AM

  Great! I'm out of town but will let my friends know they should tune in.

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SMYLEERED 3/27/2008 9:52AM

    I'll be watching tonight, and I passed the word on to all the members of the Lehigh Valley Sparks team. I can hardly wait to see the news.

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PLAYFULLKITTY 3/27/2008 12:12AM

    Wohoo!!!! way to go :)

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COACHGIA 3/26/2008 11:54PM

    Great! I will help to get the word out, and I'll be watching

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DEBBEV 3/26/2008 10:59PM

    We have Fox 6
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(•*♥ Deb •*♥
Team Leader - Low Carb Recipes Plus
http://teams.sparkpeople.com/Ch
at in Birmingham, Al. I'll try it.

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JOEGIRL6113 3/26/2008 9:29PM

    I will see if I can get it in Missouri!
Rosy

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SKINNYGAIL 3/26/2008 9:27PM

    If there's a link off the local station's page, please post it.

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DOTZCANDOIT 3/26/2008 8:44PM

  Way to go Chris!! You and your team are the greatest.

I also won't be able to see it here in Ontario, Canada. Do you think you could show excerpts of the interview on the SP site later? That way we all can see some of it.



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MSEMBERSTORM 3/26/2008 8:25PM

    Wish I could see it here in Oklahoma. Keep up the awesome work!

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JULIEINPA 3/26/2008 8:00PM

    Hey Chris, I wish I could get the channel here in Port Angeles, WA. I will check it out to see if we can program it in. Sending you best wishes for a great interview!! Let people know that SP is much more than a website. It is like having a whole other family that is nurturing and supportive. Thanks for making SP a reality!!

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EEVEE1 3/26/2008 8:00PM

    I'm not sure if my satellite gets that chancel but I'm working anyway. How sad. I would have loved to see it!

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BUBLEH 3/26/2008 7:06PM

    Im in Canada and I have a Sat Dish with that channel!! I will so be watching!!

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PHEBESS 3/26/2008 7:00PM

    I think I can watch this in the USVI!!!!!

Go Spark!!!!!!

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CSONIA 3/26/2008 6:47PM

  YAHOOOOOOOOO I WILL BE WATCHING....

I will pass this on to my teammates!! Thanks

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SVELTE_N_SEXY 3/26/2008 6:23PM

    We have FOX 47, not sure I'll get to see it!

Best Wishes!

Pat

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GRANNYGRUMP 3/26/2008 5:48PM

  Wish I could see! Is there a chance other Fox news stations could pick it up?

Wishing them the Best of Interviews! I'm sure they will make us all proud to be Spark People!

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JCH261 3/26/2008 5:04PM

  How about getting them to show it here in Florida on Local WSVN.?


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Reignite the Spark!

Friday, March 21, 2008




We're kicking off a new project here at SparkPeople. As an active member of the Community, your help is crucial to its success. We're calling it Reignite the Spark and the goal is for you to strengthen the connections you've made with other members and to provide encouragement for members that might be having trouble.

We want everyone to know that our Community is so strong and positive that even if you don't explicitly ask for help, someone from the SparkPeople community is going to reach out and offer a kind word or motivational thought. We want everyone to know that SparkPeople.com is not just a free weight loss website—it’s a global movement of people taking control of their health and helping others do the same.

As an active member of SparkPeople, you have probably supported or received support from a lot of members. (If you haven't had a chance to connect with others yet, you can learn why our community improves your likelihood of success.) But sometimes you lose touch with members that you've created friendships with. So we're asking every member to reach out to SparkFriends that you've lost contact with and see how their doing.

If you're going to reach out to old friends, it might help to look over the some of your personal archives to figure out whom you've lost touch with. (Make sure you’re logged in for these links to work). You can do this by going through your SparkMail sent folder or by visiting your Recent Message Board History.

If you've stayed in contact with all of your friends or you'd just like to reach out to a few other members that might need a helping hand, then we'd suggest browsing SparkPages to see who hasn't updated their page in a while. Once you identify who you'd like to reach out to, the best ways to connect with new friends is to send a SparkMail or a SparkGoodie, or add a comment to their SparkPage or recent blog posts.

The key is that you do something—anything—to let others know that you want to see them succeed! Help yourself and others to Reignite the Spark!

  
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MYTHICALANGEL 5/21/2008 12:06AM

    Count me in too

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LVLYLUCIA 4/10/2008 6:40PM

    I'M NEW HERE BUT I'M LEARNING THAT REACHING OUT AND COMMENTING ON BLOGS OR PAGES IS THE BEST WAY TO GET FRIENDS. I'VE ALSO ADDED FRIENDS HOPING THEY WILL COMMUNICATE WITH ME. I'M JUST LEARNING HOW TO USE THIS SITE, BUT I DO APPRECIATE ANY ADVICE! emoticon

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AUBREYMOM68 4/5/2008 8:15PM

    i love sparkle....i do this and blc and alot of blc folks come here too.......this is a great site and i love to spread the word too

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JUNEBUG1944 4/5/2008 6:22PM

    This is a great idea. We all need help at times! Helping each other, helps ourselves!

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PUDDING10 3/28/2008 3:22PM

  I will do my best and spread the word. Great Idea.

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NJG514 3/27/2008 6:02PM

  Definitely could use help with re-igniting my "spark"!!! It's been really tough for me these days! So much stress and so easy to sooth myself through my pallet!

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LADYLYN777 3/27/2008 2:26PM

    WOW... This website is awesome, and this idea is AWESOME!! Someone reached out to me the other day with a message to my SparkPage saying she hoped I hadn't given up! Even thought this was someone new to me, not one of my SparkFriends, it had a profound impact on me! I've been busy tying up loose ends in my schedule, but wanting--indeed NEEDING--to dive back into SparkPeople... What MOTIVATION--and I will look for someone else who needs encouragement!

THANKS for Reignite the Spark!
Blessings, Lyn

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2BIZY4ME 3/26/2008 12:38PM

  I agree with Gardenbug..!! I'm the one who needs to gut up and stay motivated. My job totally centers around being on the computer all day...sometimes 8 - 12 hours depending on the task. Then for me to log on daily and review the blog's or complete all the different tracking pages is just overwhelming. And that's not even factoring in exercise time, fixing meals, etc. I've tried several ways of keeping the tracking info current..from once a week to daily..but, I always have fallen behind.

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PURPLEGARDENIAS 3/26/2008 9:13AM

    count me in!

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 3/25/2008 3:41PM

    Sure do appreciate the reminder! Thx.

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GARDENBUG8 3/25/2008 3:05PM

    I'm actually a member who needs a reminder to reignite up my Spark! A few personal and health issues have kept me from exercising and I've been backsliding. If I reach out to others, they will keep ME motivated.

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OPTIMISTIC2008 3/25/2008 2:40PM

    Great idea! I'll do my best to reignite the Spark!

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TYPE1D 3/25/2008 7:55AM

    I really appreciate how caring the SparkPeople are. That is a wonderful idea. I will contact my friends today.

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LILYGAL 3/25/2008 7:17AM

    Will do my best to help out!!!

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JENNCHESS 3/25/2008 4:42AM

    Excellent idea! I will do my best to do my part.

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TRISTAKS 3/25/2008 3:31AM

    I am in

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GREENY23 3/24/2008 11:09PM

    I am only 2 days new to SP and have already reached out to others! I completely support your efforts!

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KISHASC 3/24/2008 5:02PM

    You've got my support!

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ARLEANIEB 3/24/2008 4:29PM

  So great. Thank you, as always.

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BLESSEDFE 3/24/2008 3:40PM

    I'm behind you!

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KISMET1428 3/24/2008 2:21PM

    It is so important to do just that. I hope that I can do it for others like my friends have for me!

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VINEYARDHUNTER 3/24/2008 1:23PM

    Excellent idea! Thanks very much for everything you do.

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JOPRAY 3/24/2008 12:07PM

    This great idea. It's always wonderful when you receive feedback from people when you ask for help, but it is totally awesome when people reach out to you on their own.

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GRANNYGRUMP 3/24/2008 10:38AM

  Good idea! Since I've been on SP for over a year, I have a lot of Spark Friends on my page that I haven't heard from for a long time! I'm reaching out to them not only to "reignite" their Spark but because mine needs reignited too! Maybe the one person I help will be me! LOL!

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JSELLINGTON 3/24/2008 10:00AM

    Thank you for this new motivator, I really hope I can help others and motivate them to greatness.

By the way all I have resisted temptation this weekend and did not indulge in junk food, I cooked! And let me tell you I don't like to cook. Whoo Hoo!!

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WATASH43 3/24/2008 5:13AM

    THANKS FOR THIS NEW MOTIVATAOR, I HAVE JUST RECENTLY REACHED OUT TO A FEW PEOPLE THAT I HAVN'T SEEN ON THE BLOGS IN A WHILE, SOME HAVE ANWSERED BACK SOME HAVN'T, BUT IF I CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFRENCE IN JUST ONE PERSONS LIFE IT'S ALL WORTH IT, THANKS GUYS.

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JOTREP 3/23/2008 11:03PM

  I am only a couple of months into Sparks. And, I must confess that I have not reached out to anyone yet. I will try to begin again! I haven't lost weight, but I haven't gained, so I feel this is at least a small gain (no pun intended).

I do not subscribe to the specific exercises offered, but I exercise at least 30 minutes a day and on one of the days I exercise 60 minutes without stopping. Does this count for spark points? My preferred exercise is belly dancing.

I also walk a considerable amount.

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SLIMCRUISER 3/23/2008 10:49PM

  I joined in Jan. and loved every minute!! I have been off-line for a few weeks and am glad to be back!!! The strength and encouragement I have gotten and hopefully given are wonderful. Let's all keep up the good work and fell better each day.
Slimcruiser a.k.a. Patty

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RLEBLANC29 3/23/2008 10:41PM

    i am new but i love this site--it is the only thing so far that i have found to help through everything--if anyone needs anything let me know!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/23/2008 10:17PM

    Thank you for this new motivator.

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1AVERY 3/23/2008 9:56PM

    I have been on sparkpeople for 2 months and it is the best site. I have a lot of new inspiring friends. I have been doing very well and I feel the nutrition and fitness tracker are great tools. I have been staying in touch and motivating my other contacts on a daily basis as a matter of fact I have 3 pages of sparkmail just from today to read. I have also had 7 friends join up and 2 more I will sent the e-mail to after I read all my spark messages. Teri

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DVGOAD 3/23/2008 9:53PM

    I'm a team leader. It is so important for everyone to reach out to each other. The positive thing about this site is that there are so many articles to read. I belonged to a paid membership site without 1/2 the articles and open support. SparkPeople is a great site.

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JEANNIEBP3 3/23/2008 9:28PM

  I am new to SparkPeople. It would be great to help someone or get support from anyone. I have tried several different diets and this program seems to be the best because of its convenience and how aware it is making me of how many calories I am taking in each day. I really believe this will be the start to a healthier lifestyle for me and my family.

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POLARLADY 3/23/2008 9:27PM

    I have only been on Spark for about 2 months now but WOW has it ignited me but I would not have been able to do it without my Spark friends. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.

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~JENN~ 3/23/2008 8:56PM

    Since becoming a Sparker over 2 years ago, I've met so many wonderful friends. It's amazing to get a comment from someone you have met either recently or at the beginning of your journey. So take a minute & just stop in and say Hi! Sometimes that's all the motivation some one needs to keep active & logging in everyday. Drop a note of a new favorite low cal snack or fun exercise you enjoy, to help them out even more! Remember to stay positive & be a friend you would want to have in return!

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BETTAFISH303 3/23/2008 8:28PM

    I am new at Sparkpeople, I don't have any friends to connect with, but let me know what I can do to help.

Divina..........aka...
.........Bettafish303

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JOEGIRL6113 3/23/2008 8:20PM

    Great idea to reconnect with some old Spark friends! Thanks!
Rosy

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JOEGIRL6113 3/23/2008 8:20PM

    Great idea to reconnect with some old Spark friends! Thanks!
Rosy

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GERI123 3/23/2008 7:15PM

    I need to reignite too! I have been a plateau for almost a year. Good thing is that I haven't gained back the 55 lbs lost but I still need 25 to go and just can't seem to move the scale.

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BECCA_BEE 3/23/2008 6:45PM

    Thanks for putting this on my start page. This is something I do already. Everyday I send a message to at least 5 members on my friends list & I check message boards a few times a week to see where I can pay it forward. THanks spark!

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SOPHETE 3/23/2008 6:02PM

  this is a great idea. i'm coming back to spark after a long hiatus... and i'm so glad it's here. i'll try and reconnect!

(ps... in your sentence "But sometimes you lose touch with members that you've created friendships with. So we're asking every member to reach out to SparkFriends that you've lost contact with and see how their doing." that their should be a they're! :)

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ELLIE0817 3/23/2008 5:17PM

    What a great idea to help myself and to help others. I can't believe that I'm doing so well this time in my weight loss but it's because of the support that I have from others. Keep up the good work.

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TX_WILDHEART 3/23/2008 4:00PM

    I think this is a great idea... I try to stay in touch with folks for that reason. I dont want anyone falling by the wayside! Great insight team!

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11CAROLE 3/23/2008 3:57PM

    Hope everyone has a Happy and Blessed Easter Day! Track your food even if you go over your allotted calories. Carole

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TRIXIES 3/23/2008 3:30PM

    I know whenver I have needed the extra encouragement, someone always responds with that extra push I need. I know none of this would be possible without the community of Sparkpeople. So THANK-You!!!!!

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KYKNITTER08 3/23/2008 2:45PM

    I want to encourage others to live healthier too. I am 45 years old. I just read in the paper today that one of my knitting pals died of a heart attack this past Friday - She was full of life and only 46. This has really been on my heart and mind today. I need encouragement but also want to encourage others to live!

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LIVEB4YOUDIE 3/23/2008 2:13PM

  I have seen this site make a difference for myself and my team...what a blessing it has been. It is nice to have such a strong supportive community of wonderful people, all working towards the same types of goals, and there to help understand, support and encourage one another.

I couldn't thank the site or it's precious members, enough!

THANK YOU EVERYONE,
Carol

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MEMILLER1 3/23/2008 2:11PM

  You are absolutely correct to encourage us to encourage each other. That's what healthy families (or families that are trying to get healthy) do!
I enjoy the benefits of the Spark and hope that others will, too.
Keep the faith!

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BLUESKY104 3/23/2008 1:34PM

    I still consider myself fairly new to this site (not quite 2 months). I discover new things all the time and think it is great idea to spread the Spark. One of my goals over the next couple of months will be to reach out more than I have so far. I really appreciate all those who have commented on my Spark page and blogs.It is truly inspiring even at this time when I am not making great progress.

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FRADAFFA 3/23/2008 1:03PM

    WHAT A WONDERFUL BUNCH OF IDEAS! IT SURE KEEPS ONE'S INTEREST IN GOING FURTHER IN THIS STUDY OF NUTRITION!
ALL THE POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING NOTES FROM MEMBERS KEEP ME EXCITED TO BE IN THE GROUP! THANK YOU EVERYONE!
FRAN

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