SparkPeople: A (5-Minute) History

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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

  • Love it! I've been Sparking since August of 2011, and I don't intend to ever quit. Never! - 5/24/2017 8:00:34 AM
  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Chris! I have ben using Sparkpeople since 2009 and have lost over 60 pounds and gained a new life! You are the best. God bless you! - 5/24/2017 6:27:36 AM
  • JUst joined. THank you SO much!!

    Ann - 5/6/2017 10:54:56 AM
  • Thank you for creating such an amazing tool and community! - 5/1/2017 4:22:25 PM
  • I just saw this video and had no idea. I am feeling so grateful - Chris you really are the best - 4/26/2017 4:00:27 PM
  • Thanks, Chris, that was very cool of you to do that! Cheers! - 3/9/2017 11:13:50 PM
  • Thank you Chris for your love and dedication for helping us attain our goals. Blessings to you. - 2/18/2017 4:31:50 PM
  • I love you Chris Downie! Thanks! - 2/9/2017 2:04:52 PM
  • WOW! I just can't believe that someone would spend that much money to help strangers like us to lose their weight! You must be an angel sent from above! God bless you, Chris. - 2/8/2017 10:43:43 AM
  • Three weeks ago I was looking for a diet plan to help me lose some weight and get my life back together after my divorce. I came across SparkPeople and I joined!
    Sparkguy Chris, you have a heart of GOLD! If I was closer I would give you the biggest hug ever. Thank you so much for this site. You are amazing and you have probably saved many of peoples lives. I have lost 5 lbs. already and have 47 more to go. I am going to not only make myself proud but I'm gonna show you I can do this. You and your site here has given me the will power to keep moving and reach my goal and keep it off. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
    - 1/25/2017 9:13:50 AM
  • Just found this sight. angels must have brought it to me! I am all sparked up ! - 1/16/2017 10:48:46 PM
  • Great site and so many resources Love the name, it has "Sparked" me, thanks Chris. - 1/16/2017 7:13:00 AM
  • I just want to thank you Chris for having such a BIG heart . I need all the help I can get .. Wish me luck - 1/15/2017 10:11:31 AM
  • Wow, was wondering who this "sparkguy" was....very inspiring story ,Chris's and the persons in the report. - 1/11/2017 10:46:36 AM
  • Day 3 since joining ... feeling inspired after viewing the video :) - 1/10/2017 3:19:39 PM

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