Our History

Pioneers in Online Weight Loss and Health Programs

SP Health was founded in 2006 by Scott Penn with the launch of The Biggest Loser Club Australia. Since then it has grown to be a global leader in the online weight loss, health and wellness space expanding the Biggest Loser Club brand in the US and UK, as well as, launching white label services for corporations such as Fitness First, NewsCorp, Amway and Bupa. More recently, SP Health has partnered with CSIRO to manage the Total Wellbeing Diet Online and the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score. However, our heritage dates back to the 1980’s when the Penn family pioneered the modern weight loss market in Australia.

1980's

The Penn family were pioneers of the Australian weight loss market, rapidly growing Weight Watchers in Australia and bringing aerobic dancing to the nation.

1990's

The Penn family made Weight Watchers AU/NZ the most successful business unit in the world for co-owner Heinz.

1999

A private equity firm bought Weight Watchers globally. Scott Penn became Vice-President of Weight Watchers International and helped implement the Global Improvement Plan, including the development of WeightWatchers.com.

2006

SP Health was founded in December with a goal to create the world’s best online weight loss platforms.

2007

SP Health launched The Biggest Loser Club Australia online weight loss program. It was later awarded the Best Online Application in the 2009 AIMIA Amber Awards and has helped thousands of Australians lose weight.

2008

iFed - International Food and Exercise Database was built by SP Health to deliver quality product nutrition and fitness information to consumers. Currently, it houses over 200,000 global foods retailed in supermarkets, food outlets and restaurants in the US, UK, Asia and Australia.


Scott Penn launched his book, The Click Diet, the world’s newest weight-loss program designed to tackle the global obesity epidemic head on.


The Biggest Loser Club Calorie Counter was released.


SP Health partners with the University of Newcastle to conduct on-going scientific research studies in online weight management systems.

2009

SP Health launched The Biggest Loser Club range of Meal Replacement products in Australia. 


The Biggest Loser Club Asia was launched.

2010

SP Health created Fitness First Online, winning the Best Health website at the 2011 AIMIA Amber Awards.


The Biggest Loser Club UK was launched, as well as, the Reader’s Digest Health Smart platform.


The Fast Track 8 Week Challenge, featuring The Biggest Loser trainer, Shannan Ponton, was launched exclusively for The Biggest Loser Club Australia.

2011

SP Health launched ClickFit, a cutting edge online fitness tool for members to manage their weight loss, fitness and nutrition.


In partnership with Blackmores, SP Health created the My Blackmores Personal Health System.


The Shannan Ponton Express Kit was launched in Australia and sold nationally in Big W stores.


The Fast Track 8 Week Challenge was launched exclusively for the Biggest Loser Club UK and featuring The Biggest Loser trainers, Charlotte Ord and Richard Callender.

2012

The Gunnar Challenge with celebrity trainer, Gunnar Peterson, was launched in the US - an exclusive eight-week program featuring his online workouts, healthy meal plans, recipes and insights.

2013

SP Health re-launched The Biggest Loser Club US.


SP Health partnered with global food sensations, the Hairy Bikers to create the Hairy Bikers Diet Club.


healtheclub was created for Amway in Australia and New Zealand.


In partnership with News Life Media, Body + Soul Revolution was launched.


A corporate health pilot was created for Bupa.

2014

SP Health launched The Biggest Loser Bootcamp – an eight-week bootcamp program run by The Biggest Loser US trainer, Dolvett Quince.

2015

SP Health partnered with the CSIRO and the Glycemic Index Foundation to launch the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Online.


SP Health partnered with CSIRO to launch the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score, a scientifically validated survey that measures the quality of a person’s diet against Australia’s Dietary Guidelines.


The first CSIRO Healthy Diet Score survey was conducted and found Australia’s diet quality was poor with a rating of 61 on a 100-point scale.

2016

CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Online launched Dietitian Plus, a new service that provides personalised support from Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD) to help dieters reach their weight loss goals.


Australia’s largest ever diet survey, the 2016 CSIRO Healthy Diet Score report was released, canvassing the dietary habits of more than 86,500 Australian adults.


Total Wellbeing Diet for Diabetes is launched to offer tailored resources and support for people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes to lose weight.


Diabetes NSW and ACT worked with the Total Wellbeing Diet Online to develop a special online version for their members with extra diabetes information.

2017

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Online launched the CSIRO Diet Type tool to identify and help people understand their personal diet type.


The CSIRO Diet Type survey released findings and found most Australians tend to be “Thinkers” – they over-think and are anxious about failure, derailing their weight loss efforts.


SP Health, the CSIRO and Horticulture Innovation Australia combined forces to launch Australia’s largest ever fruit and vegetable survey, the Fruit, Vegetable and Diet Score Report and found Australian adults are not eating enough fruit and vegetables.