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A sensible approach to diet and exercise

March 30, 2010 |  6:00 am

SPARK cover 3D image-sm has become a popular stop on the Internet for people looking for advice, information and support regarding their diet and exercise goals. Now the founder of SparkPeople, Chris Downie, has published a book and DVD.

The book, "The Spark" (Hay House), offers a 28-day program that teaches the major concepts, supported by science, on diet and exercise. It's well-suited to people who are new to a weight and fitness program because it doesn't ask for much at the start and really addresses the need for effective motivation to make long-term lifestyle changes. The DVD, called "The Spark: Fit, Firm & Fired Up," demonstrates eight workouts to improve strength and toning.

What's central to the SparkPeople movement is its promotion of group support. "Our program radiates a joyous team spirit and the knowledge that people are nourished by each other as much as by food," Downie writes in the introduction. It makes sense. Start with small steps and cheer each other on.

-- Shari Roan

Photo credit: SparkPeople Inc.