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The 2011 Champions of Health and Fitness

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Social Networker: Chris Downie

By Cristina Goyanes

Inspired by his own healthy makeover in his twenties and by helping a colleague lose 50 pounds, Chris Downie came up with an innovative way to turn those aha moments, or "sparks," into a business. In 2001 he launched SparkPeople.com, an online community whose mission is to help people reach their health goals. Today, with 9 million users, it is the largest diet and fitness website in the United States, and features health tips, online tools like fitness trackers, workout videos, and recipes -- all free. "Helping someone else be successful helps you stick to your own goals," Downie says. "It truly changes your life."

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lindaeichman wrote:

I like Jillian Michaels and feel that she has inspired a lot of people. I have bought her videos just to motivate me to start any kind of activity routine her messages kept me motivated to at least start some kind of routine.

1/24/2011 05:53:55 PM Report Abuse
c343 wrote:

Great to see Roseanna here, her work is truly valuable. It would be nice if there were a link to her organization: http://www.womenofmeans.org

1/2/2011 03:51:05 PM Report Abuse
TheSpinGuru wrote:

Giving any kind of Fitness industry award to Jillian Michael is an outrage to the entire industry. Her limited knowledge in numerous aspects of fitness are legendary. Her certifications are suspect. Her pulling a seat off a Spinning bike while somebody was riding as well as her kettlebell video is a legendary FAIL.

12/21/2010 02:23:15 PM Report Abuse

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