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!

Simple exercises for lymphatic drainage and a healthy immune system

With so many colds going around, I think everyone's immune system needs a boost. Dr. Shawn Higgins gives us some advice on how we can do that.

By | January 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

How to stay on track with your New Year’s resolution

Struggling to keep your New Year's resolution to lose weight? You're not alone. But maybe you're aiming too high. Listen to this advice from strength coach Andy Wight.

By | January 15th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

A recipe for wicked good roasted potatoes

Like roasted potatoes crisp and crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside? I found the perfect recipe — tested it and now I'm sharing it just for you!

By | January 11th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

What foods are apt to contain hidden salt?

Salt is an essential nutrient. But too much may lead to high blood pressure, strokes and kidney disease. Make sure the food you eat doesn't hide salt.

By | January 10th, 2018|Q & A|0 Comments

How to talk to your kids about sex

Your kids are bombarded with information about sex in the news, at school, online. You want them to hear it from you. If you're worried about saying the right things at the right time, listen to this podcast with certified sex therapist Jennifer Wiessner.

By | January 9th, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

How to protect your pets in cold weather

You may think your pets aren't bothered by the cold, but there are some subtle signs you shouldn't ignore. Learn how to keep them safe in freezing weather.

By | January 6th, 2018|Blog|2 Comments

Why Bill Keller thinks you should try Zumba

If you're ready to get some exercise, make sure you pick something you love. Bill Keller loves Zumba and he's going to tell us why.

By | January 5th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

A recipe for the new year from The Sinful Kitchen — Pancit Bihon

Looking for a unique culinary experience? How about going to a Filipino Boodle Fight? Or stay home and try The Sinful Kitchen's recipe for Pancit Bihon.

By | January 4th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

What’s the best tooth filling?

Got a toothache? If despite your best efforts you developed a cavity, you'll need a filling. Read the pros and cons of two common filling materials.

By | January 3rd, 2018|Q & A|0 Comments

Toast the new year with a smooth non-alcoholic drink

Here's to a Happy New Year! If you prefer to celebrate with a mocktail instead of a cocktail, we've got a few recipes for you.

By | December 28th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

A family recipe for baked stuffed winter squash

Looking for something new and different to serve for the holidays? Try my sister Debi's recipe for baked stuffed winter squash. You won't be sorry.

By | December 22nd, 2017|Recipes|2 Comments

How to enjoy the holidays by practicing civility

Dreading the holidays? Your family isn't on the same page politically and you know dinner will end in a shouting match? Learn how to set the table for civility.

By | December 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The dos and don’ts of shoveling snow

Shoveling snow can put you at risk if you don't do it properly — from injuring your back to causing a heart attack. Make sure to read this important advice.

By | December 15th, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

A Hanukkah recipe for potato latkes from Ten Apple Farm

Potato latkes are a staple at Hanukkah celebrations and we've got a delicious, easy-to-make recipe from Maine author and goat farmer Margaret Hathaway.

By | December 14th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Seeking clarity about dementia

There are many unanswered questions about Alzheimer's and dementia. Peter Baker, with the Alzheimer's Association in Maine, has some answers in this podcast.

By | December 13th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

Gosnell Memorial Hospice House: 10 years of having a profound impact on how people die

Ten years ago, Hospice of Southern Maine opened the doors to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House — a look back ...

By | December 11th, 2017|Blog|4 Comments

Exercising when you’re sick. Is it ok to do?

If you go for a run when you're sick will you get worse? What about exercise class? Or lifting weights? Read more to find out what's ok, what's not.

By | December 8th, 2017|Fitness|2 Comments

Time to pick up your winter farm share and get some healthy recipes, too

Winter farm shares. What a great idea! Goranson Farm (organic) offers them and they also offered us some healthy spinach, kale, and turnip recipes.

By | December 7th, 2017|Recipes|2 Comments

The connection between your diet and your longevity

Restrict what you eat and you may add years to your life. Healthy years. With the help of Maine researcher Dr. Aric Rogers, we learn how that's possible.

By | December 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Quick relief for a kinky back

When you've got a kink in your back, try out these moves on the foam roller. Don't have a roller? Don't worry. We also show you how to use a towel.

By | December 1st, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

Persian Barley Salad from Rosemont Market & Bakery

Ready to settle down for some healthy eating? Try this recipe for Persian Barley Salad. It's from Rosemont Market so it has to be delicious!

By | November 30th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

How to keep our beloved pets safe during the holidays

Love your pets? Of course you do! That's why you should check out this list of tips for keeping them safe during the holidays.

By | November 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Diabetes Connections: A podcast about type 1 diabetes

A conversation with Stacey Simms, who produces and hosts the Diabetes Connections podcast. It's personal for Stacey, whose son has type 1 diabetes.

By | November 28th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

5-step recovery plan for getting back on track after Thanksgiving

If Thanksgiving got you off to a rough start as far as your diet is concerned, take a deep breath. Now read this advice from Jackie Conn from Weight Watchers.

By | November 24th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Burn off some Thanksgiving calories with this short, high-intensity workout

Feeling a little groggy from all that food you ate for Thanksgiving? Strength coach Andy Wight has a short but intense calorie burning routine just for you.

By | November 23rd, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

Vegan Thanksgiving? Try this recipe for a neat loaf from the Taste of Eden Vegan Café

Don't panic if there will be vegans at your Thanksgiving table. Sonya Tardif to your rescue with a recipe for a holiday neat loaf.

By | November 16th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Arise Portland: A new experimental ministry that celebrates and fosters wholeness

Pastor Maria Anderson-Lippert leads a new kind of ministry that offers a safe space for reflection, commentary, and exploration. She explains how.

By | November 14th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

How to wake up your sleepy glutes and reduce the risk of an athletic knee injury

What's one thing good athletes have in common? Strong glutes! We've got some tips on how to strengthen yours and hopefully, prevent some injuries.

By | November 13th, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

What is Reiki?

I'd heard of Reiki before but never experienced it myself. Learn how it's done and what I got out of my first Reiki session.

By | November 8th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Maine’s unique retreat for combat-injured vets and their families has a successful first summer

Kelly McGaughey's life mission is to change lives. As program director for the Travis Mills Foundation, she does it every day. She explains how in this podcast.

By | November 7th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

National Deviled Eggs Day? You’re kidding!

Who needs a special day for deviled eggs? I don't! Whenever wherever, I can't resist. And you won't be able to resist our devilishly delicious tips.

By | November 2nd, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments