About dianeatwood

Hello! I'm Diane Atwood. For many years, I was the health reporter on WCSH6. Now I write Catching Health with Diane Atwood. I love what I do and hope you will too. If you've got a health topic you think I should write about or a health event you'd like to submit, just let me know!

How not to hurt your back when you pick something up

There's a right and a wrong way to pick things up without hurting your back. We have some lessons from two pros — a personal trainer and a toddler.

By | July 28th, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

A summer recipe for smashed cucumber salad

It's that time of year when the garden is full of cucumbers. Here's a recipe for a refreshing cucumber salad from Cara Sandler chef and owner of Tao Yuan Restaurant.

By | July 27th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

When should you see a doctor for a fever?

A fever usually means your body is fighting an infection. But it can mean something else or can cross a line. Dr. Molly O'Malley tells us when to pay attention.

By | July 26th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

How some emergency responders are trying to keep people well and out of the hospital

Community paramedicine is a growing trend around the country. Instead of providing emergency care, trained paramedics are helping to keep people well. Learn how in this podcast.

By | July 25th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

Let’s bake and break some bread together

Bakers and bread lovers — affectionately known as grainiacs — will be descending upon Skowhegan, Maine to celebrate ... what else? Bread!

By | July 24th, 2017|Blog, Recipes|0 Comments

Tips on staying safe when you’re hiking in Maine

If this is the summer you want to do some hiking in Maine, be sure to plan ahead and follow these simple but important safety tips from some hiking experts.

By | July 21st, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

A lobster, avocado & mango salad that just screams summer in Maine

Looking for a simple but delicious salad to make for summer guests (or just you)? Try this lobster, avocado and mango salad compliments of Stonewall Kitchen.

By | July 20th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Where you can pick blueberries in Maine

If you want to go blueberry picking in Maine this summer, you're in luck! Check out the Catching Health list of where you can pick blueberries in Maine.

By | July 20th, 2017|Recipes|14 Comments

When should you see a doctor for a sore throat?

Most sore throats don't amount to much, but sometimes they do. How do you know when you should have your sore throat checked out? We have the answer.

By | July 19th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Get rid of pesky deer flies with this easy-to-make hat trap

Thanks to deer flies, mowing the lawn used to be a nightmare for my husband. Now, it's a dream! His secret to getting rid of them and an update on its success rate.

By | July 18th, 2017|Blog|3 Comments

Dempsey Center and Cancer Community Center merging to expand access to their services and programs

The Cancer Community Center in South Portland and the Dempsey Center in Lewiston announced that they plan to merge as the Dempsey Centers. The details.

By | July 17th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to enjoy your summer and remain tick-free!

Does the threat of ticks keep you from enjoying outdoor activities? If you're confused about how best to protect yourself, be sure to read these important tips.

By | July 14th, 2017|Fitness|4 Comments

Everything you ever wanted to know about … French fries!

In honor of National French Fry Day, we will indulge ourselves! I have fond memories of fries, but they're not so good for you. That's why we've got some healthy tips.

By | July 13th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Expanding access to cutting edge cancer care in Maine

A grant from the Alfond Foundation will help MaineHealth expand access to cancer care in Maine. In this podcast, cancer specialist Dr. Scot Remick explains how.

By | July 11th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

An integrated approach to treating low back pain

If you've ever hurt your back, you know how miserable it can feel. That's what happened to Samantha Bassett. She found relief from a combination of treatments.

By | July 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

When all is not well: Children’s literature as a resource

Children may be resilient but illness or injury can have a big impact on their coping skills. Read how the right book could help them through a difficult time.

By | July 8th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

If I lift weights, will I become big and bulky?

One of the biggest myths about women lifting weights is that they'll pack on the muscles and become big and bulky. What really happens?

By | July 7th, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

A recipe for Maine crab cakes from Diamond’s Edge Restaurant

If you like crab cakes, you're going to love this recipe from Diamond's Edge. Perfect for a lovely summer evening meal. We've also got a helpful cooking tip from one of the chefs.

By | July 6th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Do tight shoes and high heels cause bunions?

More than one-third of women in the United States have bunions. Tight shoes and high heels are always getting the blame. But do they really cause bunions?

By | July 5th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Before you set off those 4th of July fireworks — how to stay safe and follow the law

Planning a 4th of July fireworks display in your backyard? You need to know what the law allows. You also want to follow these important safety tips.

By | July 3rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, being physically active matters

From early childhood to late in life, it's important to be physically active. Catching Health has some easy to follow tips on how you can be active and be safe.

By | June 30th, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

A recipe for Fourth of July strawberry kebabs … and more

There's more to the Fourth of July than fireworks. How about food and more food? Be sure to add these patriotic berry kebabs to your menu.

By | June 29th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Should you go to the ER or Express Care?

Sometimes it's clear that you should call 911 and go to the ER. Other times, not so much. Don't wait for an emergency — read our expert advice right now.

By | June 28th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

To Root and To Rise: Accepting Brain Injury

A brain injury changed Carole Starr's life forever. She learned to accept it, but not easily. In this podcast, she talks about her new book To Root & To Rise.

By | June 27th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

How Nicole Petit lives with diabetes. Part two: Acceptance and ownership

Being a teenager is challenging enough, but imagine adding diabetes to the mix. Nicole Petit, who's now an adult, tells us how she struggled to keep a balance.

By | June 26th, 2017|Blog|2 Comments

David Aronson wears two Lyme Disease hats: Patient and Lyme-literate therapist

David Aronson is a therapist who works with people struggling with Lyme Disease. He knows first hand how the disease can take its toll on people. His story.

By | June 23rd, 2017|Blog|4 Comments

Eve’s at the Garden recipe for Eggs Benedict

Learn some cooking secrets from the chefs at Eve's at the Garden in Portland, Maine and get their recipe for a delicious Eggs Benedict.

By | June 22nd, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

What kind of sunscreen should I use?

Not sure what kind of sunscreen or which SPF offers the best protection for your skin? Catching Health has the answers.

By | June 21st, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Why Andy lowered the bar inside my discomfort zone

We're back inside my discomfort zone this week and I'm sore from my workout. That's a good thing, says my strength coach Andy. He tells us why.

By | June 20th, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

Love to ride a bike? Want to give back? Join Portland Wheelers

Riding a bike is one of life's pleasures. Portland Wheelers gives free rides to people who can't bike on their own. Demand is so high they need more volunteers.

By | June 19th, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

Where you can pick strawberries in Maine

What's more delicious than freshly picked strawberries? Here's the 2017 Catching Health list of where you can pick strawberries in Maine.

By | June 18th, 2017|Recipes|23 Comments