Top University Study Ranks's Weight Loss Application #1 Out Of 204

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America's largest diet and fitness website,, has the #1 weight loss application for the iPhone among 204 evaluated, according to a study by researchers at Duke University Medical Center and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. The application is free.

A study by researchers at Duke University Medical Center and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services ranks the free mobile diet and fitness iPhone application from, America's largest diet and fitness website, as the best iPhone weight loss application among 204 evaluated. The study was based on criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health, among others. It was published in the Journal of Translational Behavioral Medicine.

Researcher Emily Breton, MPH, said in an interview that SparkPeople's iPhone weight loss application (also available on iPad, Blackberry, and Android) was the only application that met 12 of the criteria used to evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of weight loss applications:

1. An assessment of one's weight (via BMI or other interpretation)
2. A recommendation for and ability to track daily servings of fruits and vegetables
3.    A recommendation for weekly physical activity goals
4.    A recommendation for and ability to track daily servings of water
5.    Ability to track one's daily food consumption
6.    Ability for users to calculate how many calories they need to eat given their activity level
7.    Weight loss recommendation of 1-2 pounds per week
8.    Information on portion control or ability to access nutritional information for foods based on serving size
9.    Ability for users to look up nutritional facts for foods
10.     A weight tracker
11.     A tracker for exercise and/or daily physical activity
12.     Meal plans or recipes
"This study documents what our members have long known: that SparkPeople offers the very best in state-of-the-art mobile applications to help people reach their weight loss and health goals," said Chris Downie, Founder and CEO of, which has been called "The Facebook of Dieting" by Fortune and "The Online Program That Works" by Good Housekeeping. "These applications are an integral part of the comprehensive, world-class suite of tools, content and community that has helped millions of people lose weight and improve their health and made America's largest diet and fitness website."

Headquartered in Cincinnati, is a multi-platform media and technology company with leading health, fitness and food websites and mobile applications. Its mission is to spark millions of people to reach their goals. SparkPeople is employee-owned, with one outside minority investor, AOL Founder Steve Case. With over 11 million members in more than 100 countries, SparkPeople's websites, which are free, include,,,, and SparkPeople provides free mobile applications for diet and fitness as well as healthy recipes for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry platforms. According to comScore, SparkPeople attracts more unique visitors than any other diet and fitness website. In 2011, SparkPeople has averaged more than 7 million unique visitors (Google Analytics) and attracted more than 240,000 new members a month. SparkPeople Founder and CEO Chris Downie's book, The Spark, was a New York Times bestseller. Released in October 2011, The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight, by World Master Chef Meg Galvin with editor Stepfanie Romine, has been in the Amazon Top 100 for 21 days.

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