Friday, December 12, 2008
I wanted to let you know that I will be doing a radio/podcast interview with Debbie Alan on Monday morning!
You can listen online at www.onthehomestretch.com , and even call in with your questions!
I'm planning to talk about how to throw a healthy party--without breaking the bank.
The number to call in LIVE is 877-474-3302. I will be taking questions from 11:00 AM to 11:27 AM (Eastern Time); be sure to call in early with your questions, then listen to the interview!
Thanks! I hope you can tune in!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Did you log your latest workout on SparkPeople's Fitness Tracker? Whether you burned 60 calories or 600, tracking your workouts at SparkPeople means something. It means that you're making yourself a priority; that you're taking the steps you need to reach your goals; and that you're using fitness as a springboard to success in other areas of your life. Congratulations!
But keeping track of your workouts is more than personal. It means you're part of something bigger: the SparkPeople movement. Together, our members have started fitness routines, made exercise a habit, and burned over 5 billion calories to date. That's no typo: 5,000,000,000 has nine zeroes.
YOU were a part of making it happen! At a time in history when sedentary lifestyles and weight problems are on the rise, SparkPeople members are reversing the trends. We're exercising, losing weight, drinking water, and improving our diets one person at a time, but we're all in it together!
To celebrate this big milestone we held a contest. We found the member responsible for logging the exercise(s) that pushed us to 5 billion calories burned. Congratulations to MAMATUSA, who has won a SparkPeople prize pack that includes some SparkPeople-branded products from our new store: a lunch bag, drawstring backpack, T-shirt, stress ball, 2009 day-at-a-glance calendar, 2009 monthly tracking calendar, window cling and key chain! Click here for official contest rules and terms.
I hope that every SparkPeople member feels a sense of pride in this accomplishment. So keep moving and logging those fitness minutes!
Make your life an adventure!
Chris Downie, SparkPeople Founder and CEO
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Can you believe the holidays are almost here? Before you panic, remember SparkPeople is here for you. The SparkPeoplestore.com offers a variety of great SparkPeople-branded products that are great for everyone on your list. Our members gave us lots of ideas for new products, from new T-shirt designs to fitness equipment to calendars and more! You'll find new items and some old favorites at SparkPeoplestore.com.
As the holidays are approaching, all holiday orders need to be placed by Friday December 12th and UPS has indicated that to ensure you receive your package before Christmas that you are encouraged to expedite your order (this would mean to select at least 2nd day air). Please note that means that the shipping costs will likely be more than you would pay with any standard shipping, but you will be assured of having the product in time for the holidays. Thank you!
Monday, December 08, 2008
We love to see that our members are enjoying competing in our SparkAmerica Challenge. As you know, SparkAmerica is a health and fitness challenge designed to motivate Americans to improve their health by taking small consistent positive action steps. We have challenged each city to compete against each other to be at the top of the list on the “America’s Fittest City Leaderboards! We have launched a new feature this week that now allows you to see your city ranking based on size. Since bigger cities have more people, it can be easier for them to be at the top of the list and gain fitness minutes and SparkPoints faster than smaller cities. Our new leaderboard will now allow you to see how your city compares to others based on size in addition to overall numbers.
How it works is pretty simple. We took a look at the largest city, New York City, and gave other cities a multiplier based on their size compared to New York City. We then show the leaderboards based on overall numbers and “adjusted minutes” or the cities actual minutes times the multiplier. We hope this keeps the SparkAmerica Challenge interesting and is another opportunity to show how your city can help lead the way.
To help your city lead the way we created special pages with added functionality to help improve your health. Each city on the list has a special URL that takes you to your cities landing page filled with events and resources around your city. Here you can check out local parks, trails, restaurants, fitness centers and much much more. You can create teams within you local teams and hold SparkRallies. SparkRallies are meetings or events that provide an opportunity for team members to meet up with other SparkPeople members who live in your city. SparkRallies have added functionality and features such as RSVP, bring a guest and SparkMailing attendees.
We have launched a lot of great local features recently and hope you enjoy them. If you do not see your city on this list, do not worry, there is more coming for those not in these cities as well as those based outside the US!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
One of our favorite new nationally syndicated talk shows, "The Doctors" will be airing a show on December 5th that features SparkPeople member, SABLOUWHO (Cynthia) and we're encouraging members to tune in. Visit www.TheDoctorsTV.com to view a preview of the show and to check your local listings to see when "The Doctors" airs in your area.
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