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Trick or Treat Trot Virtual 5k Winners!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

We are excited to announce the winners of the Trick or Treat Trot Virtual 5k!


Members who signed up for the Trick or Treat Trot and entered their race time were included in the contest. The winners, listed below, were randomly selected:

$100 gift certificate to Zappos.com

The SparkPeople Cookbook

Coach Nicole’s 28-Day Boot Camp DVD

SparkPeople T-shirts

Winners MUST claim their prizes by Friday, November 18, 2011 by replying to the email notification you received (from Kelly). Please note that according to the official contest rules, only US residents are eligible to win.


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JEWITCH 2/24/2012 2:18PM

    emoticon everyone.

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    Great job, everyone!

Congrats to all who finished!

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YELLOW09RED 11/17/2011 12:56PM

    It was fun to do this with everyone.
Congrats. to everyone.


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JENN26POINT2 11/17/2011 12:23PM

    man, if anyone could go for a $100 gift certificate to Zappos, it would be me! I'm due for new shoes something fierce! I have almost 500 miles on mine now and a local running club member is telling me that's too many miles - that I should replace at 200 miles...

Congrats to Holly's-Doin-it for winning the Zappos deal!

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JENNYBAKER247 11/17/2011 12:30AM

    Woo Hoo!!! Congrats all round! Luv it!!! Way to go Holly!!! Magic, and well deserved. Have an awesome day all. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIMMIF 11/16/2011 8:54PM

    Congrats Everyone! emoticon emoticon

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JANEYINMADTOWN 11/16/2011 3:00PM

    Congrats! Well done!

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GOING-STRONG 11/16/2011 12:32PM

    Congrats to the prize winners... but all of us are really winners that did it and posted times... keep on trottin!

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SHEENADEE 11/16/2011 11:09AM

    Congrats all!

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CORKY982 11/16/2011 11:08AM

  Oooh.. I was so excited about winning the DVD, but I'm in Canada.

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MONTY68 11/16/2011 10:58AM

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/16/2011 10:27AM

    emoticon to each of the winners!

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Tune in to Watch Chef Meg!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

WooHoo! Chef Meg, author of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight," is doing a national TV tour!

Tune in the morning of MONDAY NOV. 14TH to hear Chef Meg talk about delicious and healthy holiday side dishes from “The SparkPeople Cookbook”!


Here are the local listings for exact times and stations in your area:

7:10am Mason City, IA KIMT CBS KIMT Morning News
8:05 Rochester, NY WHAM CW 13 WHAM News This Morning
8:15 Denver, CO KWGN CW Daybreak on the Deuce
8:25 Bakersfield, CA KERO ABC Good Morning Kern Count
8:40 Raleigh, NC WRAL CBS WRAL Morning News

9:00 Nationally Syndicated Affiliates
KLNG 1560 AM, Omaha, NE
WLMR 1450 AM, Chattanooga, TN
WSKY 1230 AM, Asheville, NC
WFAM 1050 AM, Augusta, GA
WBXR 1140 AM, Huntsville, AL
WELP 1360 AM, Greenville, SC
KCNW 1380 AM, Kansas City, KS
WWNL 1080 AM, Pittsburgh, PA
WBRI 1500 AM, Indianapolis, IN
KXKS 1190 AM, Albuquerque, NM
WYYC 1250 AM, York, PA
WIJD 1270 AM, Mobile, AL
WNVY 1270 AM, Pensacola, FL
WCPC 940 AM, Tupelo, MS
WITK 1550 AM, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA
KWDF 840 AM, Alexandria, LA
KIOU 1480 AM, Shreveport, LA

9:10 Greensboro, NC WGHP FOX FOX 8 Morning News
9:20 Detroit, MI WDET FM The Craig Fahle Show
9:30 Boston, MA WXBR AM Morning Drive Radio
10:05 Albuquerque, NM KOB NBC Good Morning New Mexico
10:10 San Antonio, TX KABB FOX FOX News First
10:15 Cincinnati, OH WCPO ABC WCPO Noon News
10:20 Columbus, GA WLTZ NBC Dee Armstrong Show
10:25 Cleveland, OH WJW FOX WJW Mornings
10:30 Austin, TX KEYE CBS We Are Austin LIVE
10:40 Norfolk, VA WVBT FOX The Hampton Roads Show

Have you ordered a copy of “The SparkPeople Cookbook” yet? What are you waiting for? The holidays are just around the corner!


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KEISHARENEE 11/15/2011 8:49AM

    Go chef meg!!! Going to get it this weekend! No listings in my area though.

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KIMMIF 11/11/2011 7:38PM

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1BEACHWALKER 11/11/2011 4:06AM

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VICIOUS421 11/11/2011 1:01AM

    emoticon Chef Meg!!!!

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JUNEBUG150 11/10/2011 10:05PM

    No listings for my area, but congratulations, Chef Meg!!

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CGARR442 11/10/2011 9:46PM

    No stations in my area either emoticon

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JAZZEJR 11/10/2011 8:59PM

    Thanks for the heads up! Go, Chef Meg!

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44ANGEL 11/10/2011 8:30PM

    No local listings for me. Ordering my cookbook tomorrow. This is one out of my other 310 cookbooks that I will cherish.

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KATVHALE 11/10/2011 7:59PM

    Oh well, I guess I will just have to watch her on Spark!

Congrats Chef Meg; love your cookbook!


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MELLY3183 11/10/2011 6:33PM

    I love the cookbook and can't wait to watch her.

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JENN26POINT2 11/10/2011 4:28PM

    Ah, bummer! This is the only local time/location to me: 7:10am Mason City, IA KIMT CBS KIMT Morning News and it's no where NEAR local... I'm shocked there's not one in the Quad City Metro area (Davenport, Moline, East Moline, etc, etc, etc).

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JANEYINMADTOWN 11/10/2011 4:23PM

    Good Luck and much success on the tour!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/10/2011 4:17PM

    I have mine and love it!

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    I have bought my copy and I can't wait to watch chef Meg!

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IRON_RESOLVE 11/10/2011 2:18PM

    Yes, I did buy my Spark CookBook, and it's Chef Meg and I in the kitchen again tonight!

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CIRANDELLA 11/10/2011 2:13PM

    Congratulations, ChefMeg! She is a real alchemist in the kitchen - manages to oust all the unhealthy stuff, retaining all the flavor!

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MRSB929 11/10/2011 2:04PM

    WOO! ya rochester! Can't wait!

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Win an iPad 2, Meet Coach Nicole, and Earn 500 SparkPoints!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SparkRally Nov. 6: Meet Coach Nicole in Chicago—and Win Prizes!

Don't miss your chance to meet Coach Nicole in person and win some really cool prizes for your healthy lifestyle. Mark your calendar and save the date for this fun-filled fitness event.

What: Chicago SparkRally with Coach Nicole!
When: Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 (1 – 4 pm)
Where: Best Buy store in Downers Grove
1432 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Here are the exciting event details:

Learn about new and creative ways to get fit and stay healthy as Coach Nicole demonstrates the freshest trends in fitness technology, including her top picks for fitness gadgets that work well, motivate you to exercise, and help you get more from your workouts, including the Garmin Forerunner, FitBit, Nike+ Sportwatch and more. She'll also be giving away 150 copies of her brand new workout DVD "SparkPeople 28 Day Boot Camp," which isn't available in stores until Dec. 27. Coach Nicole will also available to take photos, autograph DVDs and answer your fitness questions. You'll also have the opportunity to earn 500 SparkPoints at the event!

28 Day Boot Camp DVD

Everyone who attends has the chance to enter to win fabulous tech prizes, including:

  • An iPad2 pre-loaded with SparkPeople mobile apps
  • fitbit ($99.99 value)
  • Zeo mobile sleep manager ($99.99 value)
  • Withings wifi body scale, which wirelessly tracks your weight online and at SparkPeople! ($159.99 value)
  • Personal Microderm abrasion advice ($179.99 value)

Rally up your friends, family, neighbors, and other SparkFriends—you do not need to be a member to attend this exciting event! We look forward to seeing you and all of your friends at Best Buy on Nov. 6th!

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JEWITCH 3/12/2012 12:51PM

    Sometimes I wish I lived in Chicago.

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REBARH 12/19/2011 4:08PM

    Please set up this event at The Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama because I want to meet Coach Nicole.

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KAT813 12/6/2011 2:15PM

  just saw this and would've loved to have attended. Unfortunately, I don't live anywhere near there. Please let me know when ones happening near Central Florida.

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TRYINGHARDTOBE 11/28/2011 6:56AM

Just wanted to say that this is the best site in the whole wide web. Coach Nicole is like really very very nice. Just by reading the articles I feel that I am already in shape. Thanks

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CSTRANGEWAY 11/8/2011 11:51AM

    How do you get the sparkpoints? I was at this event... but I don't know how to get the points :/

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1BEACHWALKER 11/6/2011 11:51PM

    Wish I lived in Chicago-would have went! emoticonto Nicole!

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CHERYL7730 11/6/2011 6:21PM

    I met her too today! I went by myself and she signed the DVD for me and was nice enough to take a picture too! Didn't know about the 500 bonus points though.(how to get them)

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HI-NRG 11/6/2011 4:47PM

    I got to go! Dragged DH, he took a photo. It is pretty cool to have the opportunity to meet Sparkpeople in person. Coach Nicole is a Gem!

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VEGGIE_GIRL28 11/6/2011 2:31PM

    Wish I could be there :)

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SPECIALGURL7 11/4/2011 11:20PM

    Enjoy the day. Thinking about you all since I can't be there.

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ELSCO55 11/4/2011 11:09PM

    woo hoo

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SHELLB7 11/4/2011 11:03PM

    I'd like to go!

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JAY75REY 11/4/2011 10:57PM

    The new DVD sounds fab!

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    Wonderful! emoticon

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_CYNDY55_ 11/4/2011 10:29PM

    Too emoticon...!!!!!

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FIGGYN 11/4/2011 10:26PM

    I would love to go!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/4/2011 9:50PM

    Be prepared to meet a real cool lady ....

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GENOLA36 11/4/2011 9:35PM

    it will be a Spark-tastic event

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RSANDBERG 11/4/2011 9:32PM

    I'm coming!

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ANDREADAV 11/4/2011 9:28PM

    Wish it was closer but hopefully sometime soon I will be able to go.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 11/4/2011 8:58PM

    In Savannah for the Rock & Roll Marathon!

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TRVLTA00 11/4/2011 8:24PM

    Do we still need to bring in that slip to get the free DVD? I can't find it anywhere anymore.

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MAY21IWILLDOIT 11/4/2011 8:13PM

    Knew I should have planned that Chicago trip already

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SOHARDTOLOSE 11/4/2011 8:01PM

  I wonder if she has a calender we could follow, to see where and when her seminars are. I have a sister in law that lives in
Chicago, maybe if I would of found out about this way before today, I could of worked it in..But I just joined
3 days ago..

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NTSOHLTHNT 11/4/2011 7:32PM

    Too bad I don't live in the area. :(

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BAKERBARBARA 11/4/2011 7:31PM

    Wish I lived closer, too!!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 11/4/2011 7:14PM

    Wish it was closer!

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METTA4ME 11/4/2011 6:41PM

    Wish I could be there, but no job; no money :(

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TJMOAG 11/4/2011 6:15PM

  Hope everyone learns a lot and has fun! Keep us posted on more dates/locations.

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AMBERNICHOLE3 11/4/2011 5:42PM

    Wish it was closer so I could go BOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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POOH_BEAR_69 11/4/2011 4:00PM

    It's going to be another AMAZING Spark event! emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/4/2011 3:17PM

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MMLEIKAM 11/4/2011 3:11PM

    Wow, I wish I was closer!

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BRNQQDSUSIE 11/4/2011 3:04PM

    :o( I grew up about 15 minutes away from Downer's Grove, but I live in NY now. I'm trying to convince my sister to attend in my place and try to win a DVD. :o) Wish I could attend myself! Have fun everyone!

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    Wish I was in the area well at least for the day.

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WESTIEGAL1 11/4/2011 2:39PM

    Wish I lived there too! I'm anxious to get my hands on the dvd that's coming out. It looks great!!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/4/2011 2:34PM

    Awesome!!! Wish I lived closer......have fun!

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GOING-STRONG 11/4/2011 2:31PM

    Wish I could be there... good luck everyone!

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DREMARGRL 11/4/2011 2:23PM

    Have fun, Nicole, and good luck to everyone attending, too!
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XO MaryAnn

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YESI1211 11/4/2011 1:53PM

    So looking forward to it!

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SUNNY1432 11/4/2011 12:53PM

    Sounds like fun too bad I'm too far away. emoticon

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 11/4/2011 12:35PM

    I guess some planners just don't consider the fact that Sunday is a day of worship for many people so I am unable to make it.

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LTMURPHY7 11/4/2011 12:34PM

I'll be there I printed my entry form weeks ago. See you Sunday emoticon

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ENCHANTEDBROOM 11/4/2011 12:29PM

    Just one of the many reasons to emoticon.

Spark People ROCKS!!!

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KBEHUNE 11/4/2011 12:04PM

    Have a great visit in Chicago! Wish you were coming to Pittsburgh!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 11/4/2011 11:44AM

    Would love to see Grand Rapids Michigan on your tour! emoticon

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CESAU5679 11/4/2011 11:21AM

    You are awesome Coach Nicole!

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GIVEUP30 11/4/2011 11:16AM

    Wishing all who can go lot of luck.....this old lady will be home

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LIS193 11/4/2011 11:03AM

    Good luck to every one attending in far away Chicago land!

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Refer-a-Friend Contest Winners!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Did you participate in our Refer-a-Friend contest? You might be a winner!

From September 15 through October 15, we hosted the Refer-a-Friend contest.


For every new member who entered your SparkPeople username during registration, you were awarded 25 SparkPoints and entered into a drawing to win SparkPeople prizes!

For the referral to count, the new member must have entered a valid SparkPeople username during registration.

As part of the contest, we also set a goal for the entire SparkPeople Community to refer 10,000 new members. If we reached the goal, we would "unlock" some great additional prizes.

GOOD NEWS: We hit it! emoticon

That means that in addition to the other prizes, we are also giving away an iPad and a $250 Amazon gift card!

The winners, listed below, were randomly selected (remember, the more referrals you had, the better your chances of winning):

$20 gift cards to SparkPeople Store

"Fit, Firm & Fired Up in 10 Minutes a Day" DVDs

"The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight"

SparkPeople T-shirts


$250 Amazon gift card

Winners MUST claim their prizes by Friday, October 28, 2011. To claim your prize, please SparkMail me, Sarah (SPFELKEY).

Sarah Felkey (SPFELKEY)
Marketing Coordinator

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LINDABENEDICT 11/6/2011 7:54PM

    WOW ! Way to go winners !

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JEWITCH 10/27/2011 2:34PM

    emoticon to all the winners. Great job.

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RUBYEMMA775 10/25/2011 5:52PM

    Congratulations to all the winners!! Go Sparkpeople :)

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1BEACHWALKER 10/25/2011 2:10AM

    emoticon emoticonto all the winners!!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/24/2011 11:23PM

    Woo hoo! Congrats to the winners!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/24/2011 3:47PM

    emoticon to the winners

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3016DEBRA 10/24/2011 3:25PM

  emoticonto all you winners!!!

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New Feature - Suggested SparkPages - Tell Us How its Working

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SparkPeople's research shows that members who are active in the Community with SparkPeople friends are exponentially more successful. We are always then looking for new ways to help members get more out of the Community.

We launched a feature today where we now suggest SparkPeople members who could be good friends for you to add. We base our suggestions on a number of things such as mutual SparkTeams, mutual friends, goals, and more. To find your suggestions you can go to our Community/SparkPages page and look in the "SparkPages Suggested For You" column on the left. Note you need to be logged in to see suggestions, and you can click a link at the bottom to see more suggestions.

This is somewhat a "beta" feature where we are tweaking the best way to recommend friends. We'd love to hear from you in the comments on this blog how good the recommendations seem to you!

Dave H.

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KRYS210 12/4/2011 4:05PM

    emoticon Do not like the suggested pages at all. Please go back to posting the new spark pages instead. Thank you!

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CMFARRELL36 11/30/2011 4:12PM

    I'm going there now to have a look.
I glanced at a few comments on my way down to this box, and I agree that, potentially, this may be a great idea for new members.
Members who have been on SP for a while already "know" other folk, hopefully. Certainly this will be true for folk who undertake a challenge! And I would have to suggest to every SP member who hasn't already joined in to sme group or discussion that they should try to do so, as they'll get even more out of their Spark experience!

I'll come back and comment, if I need to, once I've looked at the idea.
But thanks for not only thinking about it, but also trying to do something about it.

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IRON_RESOLVE 11/10/2011 2:21PM

    Interesting, going to check it out now.

Still need a Group Goodie option, to offer multiple Goodies, to several friends at once, when time constaints make this a necessity.


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PICKIE98 11/4/2011 8:03AM

    I think it is a good idea for newbies,,sometimes we forget what it is like to start out on this overwhelmingly huge site. Things SHOULD be geared for new people,, sometimes their life is so hectic that this site being way to navigate, just might be what keeps them here Thank you.

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DAISY443 11/2/2011 6:58PM

    I have found your suggestions not to my interests. I have my Spark Friends, I can find new ones on my own. Suggest you discontinue this. Also, suggest you discontinue giving points for the quizzes. I have renewed them several times and find it boring and uninteresting. Given all that, I still love Spark People.

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    Well, I saw that, but now I know what it is based on. Thanks! emoticon

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STARL_73 11/2/2011 5:40PM

    The people I've Sfriended are ones who have sparked my interest. Most of the time, I have very little in common with them. And I really don't see how this site would know what commonality we would have, other than our teams.. I don't remember filling out a questionairre of my interests. Plus, just because we like the same movies doesn't mean we'd be great workout buddies..
I just don't see how this is going to work...
I love the idea that you're trying to help us find other members to bond with because you're right - involvement is a huge key to success. But I think this is not the right way.
What if we could add tags to our blogs - and other members could search via tags.

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    I would also like the option to opt out.

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JIBBIE49 11/2/2011 4:13PM

    After being a Sparker for four years, I'm always finding NEW friends by going to the Message Board for "New Members" and giving them a WELCOME. Then of course, joining "DONE BEING THE FAT GIRL" Team is another way to make great frineds. Any DONE GIRL is my BEST-FRIEND-FOREVER.

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BEHAPPY0201 11/2/2011 4:01PM

    I looked at it and there was not one person on the suggestions that I was interested in connecting with. I think we can all find our own friends through the groups we are on and through other friends, but thanks.

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GEOPENGUIN 11/2/2011 3:37PM

    Thanks for giving us more useless, needless, mindless stuff...instead of the stuff we want/ask for...
And what SNAZZYMC said...

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BEACHBUMCRY 11/2/2011 3:26PM

    Just a suggestion - Is there a way to make it so that the only pages suggested to people are those marked looking for a SparkFriend? That would allow people to opt out, but still find friends for those looking or that are okay with more friends.

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SUSIQZER 11/2/2011 3:09PM

    All of my suggested pages have been for inactive users. Is there a way to weed those out?

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    I would prefer to have the option to "opt out" of this feature. I may or may not want to use it, but it should be my decision to be matched up with others-- I kind of like picking my own friends, as I would do in "real life"


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YOOVIE 11/2/2011 2:42PM

    Is there a way to remove ourselves from this yet?

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WRITEFROMHOME 11/2/2011 2:33PM

    i checked it out. i didn't really find any great matches that I wanted to connect with. that doesn't mean it isn't great for someone else, but I think the best way to make common connections is through groups - people share common interests and maybe similar ages and weight loss goals.

I can't really keep up with too many friends anyway so I like to connect with those on a similar journey or same location and really spend the time to encourage them and read their blogs etc.

Great idea though.
*****And I am so grateful for this website. It has changed my life - and its not all about the weight. I lost the 15 lbs I wanted to) its about having goals and successes and feeling healthy and fit again and gaining a better mental attitude. My family and husband are grateful, too. I now look forward to the next years of life, rather than grieving the years I've lost.

Much thanks. words cannot even express it. THANK YOU!!! emoticon

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 11/2/2011 11:56AM

    First of all, I LOVE Spark People. Regarding the new feature: every time I look at it, it is different. I don't get a chance to check out those pages, and they're gone, replaced with others. It's a good idea, but may lead to adding more friends that I can keep in touch with. They all seem so interesting and friendly. Just one more thing: when I was new, I received an inappropriate response on a message board - I reported it and have never heard back. I was new and learning, and it was very very very rude and it made me feel bad about seeking help. I have never gone back to the technical help board. But I have received all the help I needed from other wonderful people throughout the site. If anyone sees this, and sends me a private SparkMail, I will provide the details again. Thanks.

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MELOSPARKLE 11/2/2011 8:21AM

    Sounds great! I'll go check it out now!

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TUBLADY 11/1/2011 8:57AM

    It sounds like a feature I will check out.
If it is anything like the features I thoroughly enjoy already using , then fantastic.
There is a lot on this site, which is good, you only have to use what you want or feel comfortable using.
I think the day i found this site was my lucky day.
I have lost 193 lbs total, and 147 of those pounds were because my use of the Spark food tracking, fitness, and wonderful teams I became involved with and the amazing friends I have met.
I can't say enough good things about Spark.
Thank you for creating this site and the fact that it's free, it's amazing.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PICKIE98 11/1/2011 3:12AM

    Sorry I did not know about this feature,, will check it out and let you know..

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TRUE-NESS 10/30/2011 6:37AM

    I have to say that I don't really like this feature. I really don't need any suggestions. I go to people's pages and read and decided whether we have anything in common or not. Also, the BIGGEST reason why I don't care for this feature is the fact that it has replaced the "recently added sparkpages" spot on my Start page. I liked going and welcoming new sparkers. Now, I don't know who they are or how to find them.

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CWFWATKINS 10/25/2011 10:46PM

    Just watched the Fox News Video and wow - I had no idea that you used your own, personal, "gazillions" to create this site for us. "Thank you" seems like a measly response, but it is a heartfelt one.

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LIFERUNNER43 10/23/2011 3:05PM

  Thank you for caring enough to change my world...and the world of so many others!

Q: What makes someone care more about others than money...than time...than even themselves?
A: Perhaps, if they were here today, people like Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King could tell us. Since they are not, we will simply listen to what our Spark People Team Members say...every day!

Thank you Spark People for making a lasting difference in the world!

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GUNNADOITNOW 10/23/2011 5:45AM

    I think i will check it out.thanks

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JACKIEHAYNES 10/23/2011 12:40AM

    Thank you Chris and all sparkpeople.com staff. I began my weight loss journey on June 2nd this year. I weighed 189.5 pounds. After about 1 week on my own, I joined Biggest Loser club online. I stayed with them through mid-August and I lost a good amount of weight, however, a friend told me about sparkpeople.com and I switched. I have not looked back. I still need to lose about 10 pounds. I love the features of SP. I am grateful that there is a website that is perfect for me and it is totally free. emoticon

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DEERLADY45 10/21/2011 10:00AM

    Spark Guy and Staff, Your web site has really done it for me. Im 58 and only now have i really lost weight and i know i will not quit. Full ,speed ahead for me! All the sites you have the recipes motivational pages and the spark friends are amazing.My dr was amazed that any thing would work for me and when he heard what helped he wanted the girls to get it on the cumputer so he could check it out!His other patients need you too! All i can say is Thank you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GREATMARTIN 10/20/2011 3:56PM

    I am a new member who is about already to call it quits for a few reasons--I haven't the slightest idea if this is how to reacchyou as you said onyour automatic e-mail--in addition I don't want my e-mail box jammed with e-mails that I did not ask for--I want to look around, 'tset drive' the site for a few days but if I am going to have to spend a lot of time going through uncalled for e-mails then I'll just close the account

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JEWITCH 10/20/2011 12:45PM

    Thanks sounds like a feature.

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GALINAZ 10/18/2011 12:52AM

    Thank you for giving back and creating Sparks people! You are inspiring and remind me to give back every day in some way

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DWILCZKO 10/18/2011 12:08AM


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THEIS58 10/17/2011 3:13AM


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    This is one of the best websites for inspiration I have ever had the good fortune to come across. Well done and thank you - I feel an opportunity would be to have training days spread right across America ( sort of like a Spark tour) and further down the line Europe - maybe sponsored to help keep costs at a minimum and to video for online content on how to make the most of Spark would work very well.

People are very motivated and the simple stuff works - how to keep a food journal - an intro to exercise - you will not run out of topics or willing participants - not in the immediate future anyway.

Good luck and keep tweaking - it works...

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SPARKLEI 10/15/2011 6:32AM

  I have email a couple of times over the last few weeks and never get a reply. Is anyone from spark really out there?

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SPARKLEI 10/15/2011 6:32AM

  I have email a couple of times over the last few weeks and never get a reply. Is anyone from spark really out there?

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SPARKLEI 10/15/2011 6:32AM

  I have email a couple of times over the last few weeks and never get a reply. Is anyone from spark really out there?

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JULIA1154 10/14/2011 5:28PM

  This is an interesting idea. Thanks for continuing efforts to bring us more and better options.

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MO-WALK 10/14/2011 12:44PM

    I like this feature. I haven't completed looking at your suggestions but I am sure I will find a match or two. Thanks for another great SparkPeople feature!


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DWILCZKO 10/14/2011 12:55AM


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HOWLERMOM 10/14/2011 12:29AM

    Pretty cool - I will spend some more time looking tomorrow - a couple of the top choices I already knew from a Spark team!

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MOMTO2TOO 10/13/2011 10:39PM

    Thanks for adding yet another cool feature to this amazing, life-saving site! I appreciate everything you do for us!!! emoticon

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SWEETSOUNDS11 10/13/2011 9:52PM

    Funzies! I thrilled SP is always trying to develop new features. Personally, I've noticed more motivation and commitment now that I've built a few SP online friendships. I'm going to check out the feature right now.

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NCSUE0514 10/13/2011 9:02PM

    I'll have to check it out. Interesting concept.

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PENOWOK 10/13/2011 7:50PM

    You folks continue to amaze me. I have been on SparkPeople since the end of June and am still finding new supports and ways to access information! Thank you for your amazing tools!

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DEBLYNN323 10/13/2011 5:43PM

    looking forward to seeing what this shows!

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KASSIANDORA 10/13/2011 2:15PM

    I've been on the site for a few years, and the feature will often recommend people who have also been a few years, but a lot of them are inactive, haven't updated in 100-300 days. :(

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TRULYVISIBLE 10/13/2011 11:54AM

  I don't know if this is too technical or possible and I know this is a free site and appreciate all your efforts but I think it would be great if we were able to answer a few questions of what we are looking for and then we get suggestions. At the beginning of the journey you may want to communicate with one type of person but as the journey goes on you change and the needs for what pages you want to read change.

I am not at goal weight (25 to go) but now really enjoy reading pages of people who have lost all their weight and kept it off for more than a year. It gives me a realistic look into what it will be like and brings me out of my fantasy that I will no longer have to work hard once I reach goal. There are also tons of women on the site and I enjoy reading blogs from men because the blogs are different and therefore i get a different perspective.

Thanks for all your efforts with this free site. I try to support it by buying the Spark book and now the cooking book and joined Sparkpeople live. I think if people can do what they can to support Sparks financially it will be here a long time.

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JUICENUT 10/13/2011 11:26AM

    I just went through my recommendations and was impressed! From one young lady almost same age as my daughter that needed encouragement to one who was very inspirational to me. There were some really interesting people whose lives and stories intrigue me. What a great opportunity to reach out to people with whom I can really relate.

Not sure how you programmed that feature, but KUDOS to your developers! I think you have a winner...

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KIN59VARA 10/13/2011 6:33AM

    I will try it

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/13/2011 2:44AM

    I would much rather have it back to where I could see the new members and greet them.

I think it would work well with the newbies, but everyone else I think we all do well bumping into each other here and getting to know one another.

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