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

  • Enjoyed the FOX News video and that this site is free. Even though I have lost 30 lbs. down from 230 lbs., its a lot of weight at 5'7", before starting this site. I needed something that was going to help me keep my calories and nutritional needs in check without have to look everything up or have a high cost. I am looking forward to using more of the things available on the SparkPeople site. On day 2 of the continuing journey to a healthier lifestyle and its awesome to know that were all not alone in our journey. Thank You Mr. Chris Downie for a wonderful site. - 5/27/2015 6:49:51 PM
  • Just started with this site. It looks wonderful. I have high hopes for success.
    Thank you so much. - 5/27/2015 2:56:02 PM
  • Thank you Chris for providing this FREE website. It is so helpful with all the tracking of food, exercise, water intake, etc. Being able to get help from other members, and recipes has also been great for me. And at the top of the list is the fact that it's FREE, where most other websites charge you a fee. I am a senior citizen on a very low income, so this is especially nice that it is helping me get healthy & fit and doesn't cost me anything. God Bless you for all you have done and are doing. - 5/26/2015 4:02:32 PM
  • I love this site! Thank you for helping support my goal to better health. May God bless you and your family. - 5/26/2015 3:28:05 PM
  • Read the article with the video but I had no sound! - 5/26/2015 3:27:00 PM
  • Thank you Chris for having the heart to want to help people who struggle not knowing where to start or what to do. I have been trying so hard to help my mother n law that is a diabetic. I even had to send this video hopping it will change some things. Thank you, Thank you - 5/26/2015 2:39:34 PM
  • Thank you for this site! I'm excited to get started!! - 5/24/2015 6:28:21 PM
  • Thank you Chris, for believing in all of us who want to make healthy changes and chpices - 5/24/2015 3:21:16 PM
  • Thank you Chris for Spark people Website. I have just started using it and find it easy to use to track foods and nutrition and excercise, and I am grateful that it is free, as I am a senior and not able to afford the other sites that cost. - 5/23/2015 5:12:37 PM
  • Thank you Chris!!!! I am out of work with a work injury which resulted in surgery and an 8% loss of use in my left arm. Also lost my job after being out for over 1 year while in rehab. I have packed on 43 pounds from all the medications and would have never been able to afford to pay for an online site to get help.

    Thanks to you I have the help and motivation to get my old life back. I have already lost around 10 pounds of the weight. CUDOS to you and SparkPeople
    - 5/19/2015 10:20:35 AM
  • Thank you Mr. Downy. So far I have lost 28 lbs. I love SparkPeople. - 5/19/2015 8:54:01 AM
  • I have been a member of SP for a number of years. I track my weight on it but have never really done the program. That video was great! motivating! Thanks Chris for starting Sparks People. It is a great program and today I have decided that I am going to start reading the book and doing the different things on SP. Thanks again. Sheila in Colorado - 5/18/2015 3:56:32 PM
  • I enjoy SparkPeople so thank you very much - 5/18/2015 10:55:21 AM
  • Chris - YOU have done a miracle here. I am brand new to this program as of today May 17,2015 Sunday. I was looking for information for type 2 diabetes, which I have just recently, and came upon this site. Many many thanks to you. To help me and others be healthy by experts on a team to work with is perfect for us to do what we need to do, and the only way in order to do it right and not mess up our lives. This is a program to be a part of and I am thrilled at what I have seen. Amen and God Bless you and all of SparkPeople employees. This is an A plus program. and THE BEST Thank You.. - 5/17/2015 8:14:54 PM
  • I am new to the site, and is amazing on how motivation, fitness and diet are combined. Besides is free!, thanks Chris. - 5/16/2015 11:18:37 PM

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