Category: Health & Fitness

Disney’s Laura Marano Wants You To Eat Your Veggies + BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY!

Laura Marano, from the hit show Austin and Ally, has teamed up with Birds Eye Vegetables and the Walt Disney Company to promote healthy eating just in time for back-to-school season through the “Veggin’ in LA with Laura Marano Sweepstakes presented by Birds Eye.”

The sweepstakes, which runs until September 24th, features a grand prize of a trip to Los Angeles to “veg out” with Laura and enjoy a private dinner with a Birds Eye chef. Woohoo!

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So why her interest in promoting veggies? It could be because most Americans are not eating the recommended amount of vegetables according to the USDA, despite the established health benefits.

According to Laura: “The truth is vegetables are a necessary part of our daily diet. When I started eating more vegetables a few years ago, I found myself having way more energy than before.  Not only do we need to have more vegetables, but with Birds Eye’s new “Step Up To The Plate” series (and their cool new recipes), we are going to find ourselves wanting to have more vegetables.”

In order to enter the sweepstakes,  just go to and enter a UPC code from a Birds Eye product. You can also enter online without the UPC by getting a free code on the entry page OR by texting the word “VEGGIES” to 347639 (Disney).

But…that’s not all. Teens Wanna Know is running its own giveaway! We are giving away a back-to-school prize pack which has the following cool stuff:

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Contents include:



2. A copy of ME, YOU, US.  From the publisher: “Remember 80s slam books? What was better than a memory book where teens could talk about themselves and share their thoughts with friends? Lisa Currie has created a slam book for the internet generation with ME, YOU, US. Readers can fill out ME, YOU, US with friends or loved ones, featuring a spectrum of interactive and open-ended prompts asking them to share nicknames for each other, memories of first meeting and dreams of the future. They can pass the book back and forth with their besties, use it as a scrapbook of all the good people in their lives, or share it with boyfriends and girlfriends as a memento of their time together.” So use it with all your new school friends! More info and reviews on Amazon.

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3. A PAIR OF HEMLETS! What are Hemlets, you ask? “Hemlets are cuffs to add to your favorite leggings that show off your distinctive personality. Just cool, colorful and affordable…there are dozens of patterns/colors to choose from and one size fits most.  Why didn’t I think of that!  So simple, and invented by a 14-year-old teen!”


4. Last but not least, a little something in case you forgot to buy a notebook or need a few more pens for school: A $5 Target Gift Card!



1. Find out the answer to the following question: When Teens Wanna Know interviewed Laura Marano, which organization did she mention she was an ambassador for? (Hint: search for Laura’s name using the search box at the top of this page and watch the Teens Wanna Know episode she appears in to find the answer).

2. Follow us on Twitter.

3. Tweet us the answer by sending the following from your Twitter account: I entered the TWK  to win a  autograph + more at  My answer is: (put in your answer from step 1.) 

4. Tweets must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, September 7, 2014. We will pick one random winner from all entries received with the correct answer and announce on Monday September 8th. We will contact winner via DM on Twitter.

5. Open to United States addresses only.

Good luck! And remember to eat your veggies!


Tia Blanco Interview – Champion Teen Surfer Shares Her Secrets to Grade As in School and Fitness

17-year-old pro surfer Tia Blanco is an inspiring teen. Not only is she ranked #1 in the NSSA Open Womens Division, #1 in Surfing America Prime U18 Division and is the 2013 West Coast NSSA champion for the Open Womens division, but she is also a straight-A student who maintains a healthy vegan lifestyle and rigorous exercise regimen.

Blanco, who lives in Southern California and is a Trestles local, is one of the hottest up-and-coming West Coast surfers. Blanco was born in Puerto Rico and has lived in Hawaii as well as several spots in SoCal. This “graceful goofyfoot” belonngs to the renown Surfing America team and enjoys painting and yoga. While she is focused on a National surf title and keeping her 4.0 GPA at Connections Academy, her overall goal is to make the ASP Women’s World Tour.

We got the opportunity to ask Tia a few questions about her routines and how she deals with the pressures of her occupation while balancing school and other areas of her life. Check out her answers below.

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Tell us how you got started surfing, and why you decided to pursue it seriously as opposed to a hobby? 

I started surfing when I was 3 years old. My dad got me started because he thought surfing was such a healthy and beautiful lifestyle. I fell in love with surfing and realized that I wanted to do what I love and make a career out of it.

You are in phenomenal shape, which takes a lot of dedication. What do you recommend for teens who just cannot get motivated to workout? 

Thank you!!! I have a “dream board” of cut out pictures of people who inspire me as well as goals I hope to achieve. If your goal is to be in good shape, for example, cut out a picture of someone who has a healthy figure and post it somewhere where you can see it everyday. My inspiration is Candice Swanpoel, the Victoria Secret model. She is perfect!

More tips from Tia:

  • Eat clean, it doesn’t have to be hard! I like getting healthy recipes from
  • Take a run or jog (especially on the beach, if you have access)
  • Try surfing, you don’t have to be a pro to have fun and get a great workout – I go everyday
  • Try yoga at your local studio, home, or the beach
  • Stand up paddling works great for toning your muscles
  • Taking a walk with your dog, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend or parents is always a great way to get exercise (and bond)!

Tell us what your typical week looks like as far as workouts/exercise. 

I train two times a week with my trainer at Forged in Fitness. I also mix in beach runs and yoga. And I surf everyday 😉

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Why did you choose to go Vegan? 

Being vegan is the cleanest and healthiest diet in my eyes. It is known to reverse and prevent cancers, while eating large quantities of meat has been known to promote various cancers. Also, I would never eat my dogs, so why would I eat a pig? Pigs are said to be smarter than dogs and they are very social animals. Sometimes people don’t see the relationship and connection between pets and other animals.

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How has being a Vegan impacted your life, good or bad? 

Learning about the vegan diet has made me very passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes I get so passionate about it that I have to bite my tongue to many ignorant comments. I have learned that my life is not more significant than any other life; Whether it is my mom, friend, enemy, or animal. It has impacted me to love more and hate less.

You manage to be a top athlete while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA…what are your secrets to a) managing your time and b) dealing with the pressure? 

I have learned to prioritize. I try and devote a couple hours out of the day to school. I love to learn. And, I always like having a strong backup plan, if my surfing career doesn’t work out.

Tell us about your partnership with Reef.

I love the company! Reef has treated me so well, from the very beginning. They have helped create lifetime memories and made many of my dreams come true. It is just a bonus that everyone who works there is so down to earth and nice.

What has been the best moment of your career so far? 

Traveling with Reef. I love all of the exotic places we go. Each trip brings new experiences that are priceless.

Have you had any scary moments while surfing?

I guess Teahupoo. I got sucked over the falls when I was duck diving, but thankfully I didn’t hit the reef.


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What are your long-term goals? 

I want to make the CT! {Championship Tour] More importantly, I hope to inspire people to be the best person they can be. And, I want to travel the world with the people I love.

Teens are under a lot of pressure these days, and many of the usual role models (such as singers, actors, elected officials) are not setting very good examples. What message do you have for teens out there in dealing with all this? 

How can you change the world if you are acting like the world? Start by living a positive and healthy lifestyle and the world will change one step at a time!

Anything else we should know?  

Surfing is the best lifestyle I could ever ask for. I am so thankful for everything and everyone who has supported me and continues to do so. (Sponsors – family, Reef, Raen Optics, J7 Surfboards, Sticky Bumps).

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