27-year-old Allison Falk, raised in Danville, California, started playing soccer when she was 7 years old. After years of training and competing on high-level teams, Allison went on to play on the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team at Stanford University from 2005 to 2008. Despite having to balance her athletics with a very rigorous academic load (as an American Studies Major with a Concentration in Law), Allison believes that the amount that she learned and improved as a soccer player in college was greater than any other period of her career. And it showed.
In her senior year, as Co-Captain of the Stanford team, Allison was drafted into the Women’s Professional Soccer league. She played for the Los Angeles Sol in 2009 and Philadelphia Independence for the two following seasons.
While developing her soccer skill and technique, Allison was simultaneously cultivating a passion for health and wellness.
Allison took nutrition and health classes at Stanford and discovered that what she was learning had an impact on every aspect of her life. Then, during her pro-soccer career, she got involved in the nonprofit space and began working with families to increase health and wellness through various community development programs.
Equipped with this knowledge and experience, Allison became concerned with the staggering growth of childhood obesity.
“Childhood obesity is something that we need to be very aware of and very focused on,” Allison says. “We need to start from the beginning by helping those who are currently struggling with weight, and just as importantly, preventing obesity by encouraging healthy, sustainable lifestyle choices in our communities.”
It was at an obesity prevention conference in the Bay Area where Allison found Kurbo.