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

  • Excited to start. I've "Started" ,many times.. but have NEVER stuck with it.
    This time.... I am going to commit. Thank you!!! - 8/4/2015 8:07:37 PM
  • Terrfic! First day and I am thankful for the help. Thank you Chris. - 8/4/2015 12:07:07 PM
  • This is my 1st day and its to good to be true! Little Overwhelmed how to follow my plan, but I will not give up. - 8/3/2015 2:05:52 PM
  • The add wont start thus I cant get to the video - 8/3/2015 9:06:40 AM
  • Chris, you are amazing! I real inspiration. I am a nurse and refer patient to your site all the time. Thank you for your service - 8/3/2015 7:16:19 AM
  • Oops sorry. I started two years again and then dropped out. This time I am gong to make it. - 8/2/2015 5:41:45 PM
  • Thank you so much Chris and everyone at SparkPeople who continue to help all of us members. The fact that even after you know that people would pay because this program is so successful and you still don't, is so amazing. I appreciate having a place to go where I know I can learn and find support on this journey with millions of others like me. :) THANK YOU!!! - 8/2/2015 2:21:46 PM
  • Thank you for caring enough for overweight people to have a site that is free so everyone can use it. - 7/31/2015 1:21:32 AM
  • I'm grateful that someone who became wealthy didn't forget those who struggle. Thanks for investing in people, for thinking of others.
    - 7/25/2015 1:49:14 AM
  • thank you.. - 7/23/2015 11:58:35 AM
  • Thank you Chris - how inspiring. America needs to get healthy by eating right, exercise, learning and helping/motivatin
    g one another. Thank you for making us all sparkle!! - 7/20/2015 4:44:55 PM
  • Interesting. Hope I have success. - 7/20/2015 10:12:49 AM
  • Nice video. I totally realized that this is a great site if you put in the effort and commitment and time that you need on your own. So grateful that it's totally free.

    Djuna - 7/19/2015 2:11:09 PM
  • Chris, bless you for your powerful message to the world. Hope, support and love are contagious! :) - 7/19/2015 6:44:41 AM
  • One more thing...thanks to Chris....I do believe that if there is a way to really help people there is no price you can/should put on doing that for others. I do hope Zappos et al brings some profit to Chris...and that we SP can send our business to the sponsors. thanks again.
    - 7/17/2015 11:02:36 PM

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