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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

  • I've lost 9 lbs with Spark People and now I'm inspired even more. - 4/23/2014 6:49:47 PM
  • Awesome! I am inspired. ♥ - 4/23/2014 5:38:51 PM
  • Thank you for what you are doing. I could not watch the video (probably my laptop) but I read the written words below about how it started. I need the support and will be checking in each day, going through the introduction and entering the daily reports. Yeah! - 4/23/2014 11:02:33 AM
  • I really appreciate you putting up SparkPeople with so many options to help a person lose weight, Chris!! I have shared the site with others and will continue to do so. The site is helping me lose weight month by month and I feel better about myself. Thank you for your kindness to me and others. It means ALOT!! - 4/23/2014 9:34:17 AM
  • Wow! thank you Chris for your help and for free. I have done WW and had gastric by-pass, but the battle continues. I now find I need to lose 10 lbs and want to do it. I will appreciate the help-thanks again. - 4/22/2014 9:37:02 PM
  • Thank You so much, Chris!! :-) - 4/22/2014 8:42:46 AM
  • The Sparkpeople Health program is the best program I have tried fo weight loss and my health.
    - 4/21/2014 7:35:51 PM
  • The Sparkpeople Health program is the best program I have tried fo weight loss and my health.
    - 4/21/2014 6:45:14 PM
  • Thank you so much for putting yourself and your time and resourses into something so amazing for people like me! i dont have the time to waste on any more "fad" diets and this site is opening my eyes to how and why i want to lose weight. its not just a book to look at and gather dust or a gross shake to get down and starve for the day. this is good information, real people and so so many activities reminders and support to reach your own personal goals!! This is amazing and with some time commitment completly do-able!!! Thank you again for such amazing generosity. I LOVE Sparkpeople!! - 4/21/2014 2:31:42 PM
  • Here goes, I am ready to get healthy! Have a weight and Disney trip goal and know with spark people and my family on my side I will meet my goals! - 4/19/2014 6:02:34 PM
  • Thank you so very much for helping so many people by making this inspirational website available!
    - 4/17/2014 8:54:45 PM
  • You are a true inspiration. - 4/17/2014 11:23:05 AM
  • God Bless You, Chris Downie! - 4/17/2014 10:10:03 AM
  • Thank-you for selfless act to help others! - 4/16/2014 9:58:09 PM
  • God Bless You, Chris Downie! - 4/16/2014 4:29:40 PM

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