Health Month page loading errors

At present, this is the first time we have word from our provider regarding these issues.  You can read them here:

In lay terms, the piece of equipment that allows people to access the site flawlessly had a heart attack and didn’t make it.  I “think” we should be good now, based on the rest of the status updates, but please let us know if you have any further issues.


Last Week’s Announcement…we apologize!

Hey all,

So it seems that a number of users received our announcement regarding the ownership change multiple times (some, upwards of 10x)…eeek!  Please accept our apologies.  This certainly was not intended and was not how we wanted to start out here.

However, we’ve got a new roll of duct tape and a hammer and we’ll be working on the mailing code so that this doesn’t happen again.

Derek & Billy

Health Month has new owners

Hello Health Month friends,

I’m both happy and sad to report that I have sold Health Month. I’m happy because I believe that Derek and Billy (with their 20+ years of experience in the web industry) will be much better stewards of the vibrant Health Month community going forward. I WILL continue to be involved in some small way, but I’m sad that through a myriad of circumstances and priorities that my involvement will be lessened somewhat (not entirely).

What does this mean for you active Health Month users? It means that your customer service emails will be replied to more frequently! It means that bugs will get fixed! It means that new features will be added! No matter how you slice it, I strongly believe that it means good things for everyone involved (that was my top motivater for selling it in the first place).

I encourage everyone to say hello to Derek and Billy, they are good guys, and have your best interests in mind.  ALSO, I encourage everyone that hasn’t been back to Health Month in a while to log in, sign up for next month’s game, upload a fresh new profile pic for yourself, update your info, do 10 jumping jacks, and drink a tall glass of cool water.

Start here!

Without further ado, I present to you the new owners of Health Month!

Your friend,
Buster Benson (


Hello Loyal Health Month users,

We’re very excited to announce that we have acquired from HabitLabs. We’ll keep this brief, as we know that you all have some health rules that you need to spend time on, but we do want to highlight a few items that we’ll be working on right away.

1) Minor Site Fixes – we have noticed there are a few quirks and issues with the site and we’re committed to correcting them. Over the next few weeks, our focus will be to take care of the issues we can resolve quickly to give the game a more polished feel. The best way for us to learn about these issues is through our Idea Tracker ( Please submit any bugs or fixes and we’ll get back to you.

2) Idea Tracker – with that said, we want to acknowledge all the feedback that has, thus far, been given through our Idea Tracker. All feedback is welcome (good or bad) and we appreciate your time/efforts in doing so. We will be paying very close attention to this going forward.

3) Newsletter – in the near future, we plan on publishing a regular HealthMonth newsletter (maximum once per month). In it will be game highlights, rule suggestions/tips, recipes and more to keep you on track with your health goals.

4) Mobile – a lot of users have asked us to develop better mobile solutions for accessing the site – whether it be through an app or a more mobile-friendly web page. We are committed to introducing a better mobile environment; however, this kind of development takes time. We just want you to know that we’re working on it, and to ask you to continue to keep the faith.

Other than that, we’re super excited and look forward to great things with and welcome any follow requests and followers to our own profiles.

Thank you,
Derek Thornton (
& Billy Cooter (

Health Month is up for auction on

This morning, my listing for Health Month went up on Check it out! Pass it around! Make a bid! Etc.

(As a sidenote, so far my experience with has been great. My contact at their company is a big fan of Health Month, and is doing a lot to help me make the listing as useful and informative as possible.)

It’s bittersweet to have to sell this site.  The number of people who’ve already made offers (informally and formally) has been incredibly encouraging. I’m confident that no matter what happens, the site and spirit of the community will continue on in some form.  In a more amazing form, even.  One of my primary goals with selling it is that it will go to a person or company that has the time and energy to help it grow!

Why you should consider bidding on Health Month

Because it is awesome. Because you are awesome. Because you have ideas for it. Because you have the time, energy, and skills to make it more awesome.  Because you want to have an entry point to making a real impact on healthy behavior change in the world.

If you can’t make a bid for whatever reason, but know someone who might be interested, please send this along to them! Friends of friends are usually the best place to find connections like this. Be the connector!

Here’s the link. Thank you.

Oh, and if you want, you can hop into June’s game here.

Do any of you lovely people want to buy Health Month for cheap?

Through a series of personal realizations and business inevitabilities, it looks like I’m going to have to try to find a new owner for Health Month.

Ideally, it would be someone from the community who loves it and has the time, energy, and resources to keep it going in the same spirit.  If this sounds like you, PLEASE make check out the listing for its sale over on After reviewing details there, feel free to send questions to 206-355-9718 or  

The worst case scenario would be that I couldn’t find the right buyer and would have to shut the site down.  It DOES sustain itself with the monthly $5 games, but it’s not quite enough to justify full-time work at the moment, and we’ve got so many other projects on our plates.

In any case, just a heads up.  Nothing will change in the next month or so.  If you’re at all interested, or know someone who is, please put yourself, or them, on the horn to me.  

I love Health Month. Long live Health Month!

No more Foursquare badges :(

Unfortunately, May is the last month that Foursquare badges will be awarded for completing a month with one or more life points.  They’ve decided to discontinue the very generous third party integration that we’ve been using.  

Let me know if anyone has already paid for their June game and would like a refund.  Email be at buster at healthmonth dot com with your Health Month username and I’ll take care of it for you.

I wish to thank Foursquare for partnering with us in the first place.  It definitely helped Health Month grow when it was just a wee babe.

Happy Thanksgiving from Habit Labs!

At Habit Labs, we’re grateful for:

  1. All of you awesome Health Month people!
  2. A chance to keep building things that we think will help solve the problem of sustainable health-improvement for everyone. We promise to have something to show you before the end of the year!
  3. Our team (Jen, Buster, Scott, Amelia, Alex, and Adam), our family, and our friends who help us on a daily basis.
  4. The turkeys, tofurkeys, and turduckens who gave their lives so that we may share our gratitude with each other.

Thanksgiving is one of the only holidays that is directly linked with a tradition that has been proven to increase the happiness of people who practice it on a daily basis.  For a great reminder of the power of being grateful, read this recent NY Times article, A Serving of Gratitude May Save The Day.

Why not add “List Grateful Things” to your December game?