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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

  • Chris rocks!!!! - 3/1/2015 9:24:31 AM
  • Thanks Chris...this may just be the "Spark" I need to get these extra pounds off and get back in shape! Thank you for caring!
    - 3/1/2015 8:52:49 AM
  • There are good people in this world. Thanks for the site..Again. - 2/28/2015 6:03:17 PM
  • I love this site, just need to be more consistent with using it, - 2/28/2015 4:34:06 PM
  • I am so grateful. - 2/28/2015 11:00:15 AM
  • interesting and informative. I tried sparks two years ago but half-assed it. I return highly motivated this time around. I will try and do my very best to better my life. - 2/27/2015 11:02:09 AM
  • Thank you so much! - 2/25/2015 6:38:05 PM
  • Chris...you are an amazing person! Ty Ty Ty for putting this site together! - 2/24/2015 9:35:27 AM
  • I hadn't really thought about the cost involved in setting up this website. Can I just say Chris....you are AWESOME!!! Thank you!!! There are very few people in this world who would do as you have and I don't want to take it for granted. Thank you sooooo much! - 2/24/2015 9:23:35 AM
  • Thank you Chris Downie. Please keep up the commitment to Sparkpeople. I stumbled on it several years ago by accident and keep returning. I think this time is the time for my commitment. I wish more people could hear about your site. - 2/22/2015 10:34:44 AM
  • I love Spark People. I really like that it syncs with my fitbit. I'm still trying to find out how to track my sugar intake. - 2/21/2015 8:53:12 AM
  • very informative - 2/19/2015 1:21:40 PM
  • Thank you, Chris, may your investment return to you 100 fold, pressed down, shaken together and running over. - 2/18/2015 8:29:24 AM
  • I am so delighted to find this site, great ideas, help and recipes. I was going to join Weight Watchers but that is complicated. There is the cost, coordinating my schedule with attending meetings. I had finally decided to go with the on line version because of the inexpensive price and then learned that I had to go a meeting every 8 weeks to get weighed and pay $14 at that time. Ick! I was just sure when I got down almost to my goal weight of almost 150 lbs. that it would be a long 8 weeks before I could get weighed.

    Then I found Spark People, much, much better for me. I am trying your recipes and enjoying them. Thank You! Bethia - 2/15/2015 2:41:36 PM
  • I know how great this website is...
    I am now returning back to losing weight and they still here being very supportive to my journey.
    I know how empowered I feel with them...
    - 2/15/2015 1:33:02 PM

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