SparkCoach: Own Your Day With Our New Feature!

By , SparkPeople Blogger
We're very excited to share with you a new feature that's been in the works for quite some time—SparkCoach! A virtual planner and so much more, SparkCoach is designed to help you prioritize your day, reach goals in all areas of life and make changes that will be sustainable for a lifetime. Much more than just reading information, SparkCoach will lead you through an easy-to-follow, 28-day program, coaching you through the steps that will allow you to become the best version of yourself. Best of all, these new features are all part of the FREE SparkPeople Program available to any member on the site.

For new members, this program will show prominently as a checklist on your Start page; existing members can turn on the feature by clicking on "Account/Email Preferences" at the top left of your Start page and scrolling down to the box that says "Use New Start Page with SparkCoach". You can switch back and forth at any time, so there's no downside to checking it out!

Each day, you'll be able to read a coaching lesson, track tasks on the site, add new tasks (from a list of prompts or your own ideas) and prioritize these tasks, checking each one off as you go. Use this feature to get organized and make the most of your day, learning more about what motivates you to set goals and follow through for maximum success.

The daily lessons are meant to feel like our coaches are there with you every step of the way. Some are even interactive to really get you thinking about your journey to health. For example, one lesson early in the program asks you to think about why you want to get healthy. Your answer will be displayed on the top of your program page throughout the 28 days as a constant reminder of why you're making this commitment.

For those of you who have been members for a while, you might remember that our Premium Coaching program used to be called SparkCoach. Not to be confused, this SparkCoach program is something new and totally different.

What do you have to lose? Check out SparkCoach today and see what the excitement is all about!

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Love it!!! Report
I'm giving it a try, and so far I really like it, except that I can't find my friend feed. I see that's being mentioned by others as well. Will stick with this a bit to see if that's corrected. Report
Nice changes! I like this! Report
I'll wait until you get all the kinks worked out. I still like seeing my motivational board, and others have said that that disappears, so I'm going to pass for now. Report
I do like the new feature but it seems I can't get to my friend feed from the new start page or my own spark page. Doesn't seem like it would be that hard to have those two features still show up when changes are made. Is there another way that I'm not seeing? Report
So this is INSTEAD of using Spark Coach? I have to choose one OR the other? Report
This is a fabulous CHANGE! Thanks. It does help like someone is with us every step of the way. Way to go! Report
trying to figure it all out. think it will be great once I understand more Report
I like the little counter - 0 + that accompanies the water goal. Can that be added along with a sleep goal? I do not see a way to add the counter to the sleep goal or fruits/veggies.

Will Friend Feed, Spark Team, Message Board/Blog Subscriptions be given access from the New Start Page?

Personalized Goal Board not available in New Start Page?

Thank you for the consideration.
How/Where do I edit my weight goal with this new start page?

I do not see an "Edit Goals" button anywhere.

This answer only works in with the old/classic start page:

A nice tool. Report
@SPARK_COACH_JEN Where do I track my weight on the new Start page? Report
I love sparkpeople! This is a great addition! Report
Thanks for the new updates! Report
Where is my friend feed? Access to my SparkTeams? Blog subscriptions? I can't see them on the new home page. Please help! Report
Great news! Report
If you switch this on you no longer have access to the friend feed. Shame you are downplaying this feature so much. Report
It's working now, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! Report
I set up my new Spark Start page and I LOVE IT! It is so easy to personalize it so it can be the things we personally need to see first thing each day to keep on track. You all did a wonderful job of putting this together. Thank you! Report
Thanks for sharing this information. Report
Ok, Coach Jen, sounds great, really looking forward to this! Report
Maybe Report
Eventually it will be available in the app, just not yet.

Coach Jen Report
Coach Jen, just thought of a question... will this new feature be available on the mobile app too? Thanks.. Report
Coach Jen, thanks for the update! Definitely looking forward to it - sounds great!! Report
Coach Nicole - Thanks for your update. I’m looking forward to it! Report
Hi everyone!

Sorry for the confusion- this blog was released a little prematurely :) The feature is launching later today.

This does not replace Premium Coaching- it's something totally different. The Premium Coaching program you have if you've got a paid membership will still continue as it is.

Hope that helps!

Coach Jen Report
Cannot find it when I checked. Report
hoping it will be here later today Report
I am going to go and check this out. Report
Will I still have the other Spark Coach as part of my premium membership? Report
I can't find it under the account settings either. I have Premium coach is this why I am not seeing it? Report
I'm not seeing it, either. Report
nope, not there... Report
This sounds great. However, I do not have the option under my "Account, E-mail Preferences. Report
It was not in my settings. I will continue to look for it on future occasions.

However, I have a question. Is this going to replace the premium coaching section of the site? It has many of those same features but it is now a ‘free’ service being offered to all. I had to purchase the premium service. I have enjoyed it but want to know how this is going to work? Report
I did not find it either. Report
Don't have it. Would love to try it Report
I must try this out,
Thanks Report
Can't find it yet.. Report
Aww, I don't have it. :( Maybe it's still not released yet? Report
I can't find it either. :( Report
It is not there, looked everywhere! Report
I'm not finding that option - I've gone to account/e-mail preferences and looked through the account, emails and community tabs, not seeing ANYTHING about Spark Coach. Report
Looking forward to it; thanks! I know a lot of people hate new changes on the site, but I generally love shaking things up. Thanks!

[Edit: I'm not finding it where described, even after logging out and back on. I'll keep trying.] Report
Interesting Report
Thinking about it! Report
I'm going to have to give it a try. Thank you Report