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SparkPeople: A (5-Minute) History

This short video clip from Fox News Chicago does a great job sharing a brief history of SparkPeople. Our Founder, Chris "SparkGuy" Downie, reached his own goals by co-founding eBay's leading competitor and selling that company to eBay as their first acquisition.

Chris first developed the SparkPeople program to overcome his own social anxiety. A co-worker named Pat then used the same program and lost 50 pounds, which changed his life. Pat then went on to start a walking group and motivate many people. Seeing Pat's transformation made Chris understand that our daily actions and words impact more people than we realize.

Chris then decided to start a new company with the mission to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals using health and fitness as a springboard to reach milestones in all areas of life (yes, this is where our name came from). Now, Chris considers himself to be just a small part of the SparkPeople team--and that team includes our millions of members supporting each other to reach goals.

Our team loves seeing real people reaching life-changing goals on the site every day--like those featured in this video. Thanks for your support, and have fun reaching your goals!

Member Comments

  • My 2nd day with Sparkpeople! I just stopped my WW Online subscription and remembered seeing something about Spark last year so looked it up and decided to try it.
    So far the trackers are easy enough to manage daily tracking, although I did download the phone apps I haven't used them as of yet.
    Wishing everyone healthy living!
    Kim - 8/28/2014 12:12:13 PM
  • I just started and working my way about the web site. I can't wait to log in and list what I am doing. - 8/28/2014 11:33:41 AM
  • Spark works when you work it!!!! - 8/28/2014 11:09:52 AM
  • Today is my second day & I am very excited about this & it's Free. Thank you so much! I have tried so many things out there & I have a Great feeling about this. Thanks! June - 8/26/2014 7:55:55 PM
  • So Inspiring! This is definitely the best program out there! I am more committed now than ever to reach my newly set goals! Sick of failing every time I try to lose weight! This time I will succeed! - 8/26/2014 5:23:15 PM
  • I am very excited to start this new journey,I am 62 years old and have tried every diet plan there is. i am praying this is the one for me.Here"s to a new me.
    - 8/26/2014 9:17:47 AM
  • I am very excited today to sign up and learn all the help tools available. I feel like I am finally going to be able to lose weight and be successful at keeping it off. - 8/25/2014 11:57:54 AM
  • Thanks to Chris D. I will be on my way to a new and improved me. My friend recommended SparkPeople, but I had no idea how the company was founded. It is amazing that their is no need to submit a credit card up front to obtain the information. Thank-you so much, loking forward to the program and perhaps paying it forward !! :) - 8/25/2014 9:39:53 AM
  • This is just what I need...Today is my first day and I'm very excited to get started. Thanks to the very generous gentleman that is willing to help others for no cost. - 8/23/2014 5:02:20 PM
  • I can't remember how I came across, but I love how you can tailor it to your personal needs. Plus, it really is free! The exercise videos are another fave of mine.
    - 8/23/2014 4:37:42 PM
  • What a nice guy! And, thank you! was exactly what I was looking for. I'm so glad I found it. - 8/22/2014 11:35:41 AM
  • The video was very inspiring. I am starting my journey over with sparkpeople. I should have stayed with it before, I have learned my lesson. In it for the long haul. - 8/22/2014 11:22:09 AM
  • Very inspiring video. I am looking forward to getting started. - 8/21/2014 5:41:49 PM
  • totally amazing . Its good to know there is a good samaritan out there that is willing to help so many who are desperately in need of help. - 8/21/2014 3:41:16 PM
  • Very helpful information. Thanks for making a site to help individuals to loose weigh and be healthy. The information on this site is very helpful to me and I in join viewing so many areas different sources. - 8/20/2014 5:18:58 PM

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