Allison Kreiger Walsh is a motivational speaker, freelance writer, public relations professional and a non-profit activist. She is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate at Florida A&M University's College of Law. Allison is the President/Founder of H.O.P.E. – Helping Other People Eat, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the prevention and awareness of eating disorders. In addition to serving as the inaugural Chairwoman of the National Jr. Board for the National Eating Disorders Association and lobbying with the Eating Disorders Coalition on Capitol Hill, Allison has personally spoken to over 50,000 people about the dangers of eating disorders.
In 2006, she started collecting jeans as an initiative through HOPE and NEDA to encourage people to "Be Comfortable In Your Genes- Don't Fight Your Genes, Just Change Your Jeans." Since 2006, over 8,000 pair of jeans have been collected and donated to charities in need. In 2010, Allison launched the “Get R.E.A.L.” Program, encouraging everyone to set “Realistic Expectations and Attitudes for Life.” This innovative video outreach program will be distributed to over 7,000 schools, hospitals, community health organizations and treatment centers throughout the State of Florida by August 2010. In addition to being Miss Florida 2006, Allison was the recipient of the Miss Florida Community Service Award, the Miss America State Community Service Award and the overall interview award. Allison has been a contributing editor for the Dove Digital Channel hosted on MSN.com and has been a special guest on Lifetime Television's Balancing Act , PBS's Emotional Life, and FOX News’The Big Story with John Gibson, and Hannity and Colmes.
Allison logged over 80,000 miles in her travels as Miss Florida and completed over 250 appearances. In 2007, Allison received the Young Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council and in 2008 Allison was honored as the National Eating Disorders Association Youth Advocate of the Year and the Women's Executive Council's Emerging New Young Leader of the Year. For more information, please visit www.AllisonKreiger.com.