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!

Are standing desks good for you or not?

Did you see the news that standing desks may be bad for your health? My first reaction was HUH? I took a closer look at the study and also spoke with a spine specialist. Read what I found out.

By | March 16th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

What to do when you don’t think it’s safe for your parent to be driving

It's obvious that your parent is no longer safe on the road, but you freeze when it comes to having the conversation. Read this and you'll understand how important it is to act.

By | March 13th, 2018|Blog|4 Comments

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms: From TIQA for Maine Restaurant Week

Join the celebration! Maine Restaurant Week ends Monday, March 12th. You owe it to yourself to try something new — a new restaurant, a new menu. Or try a new recipe. Have some fun!

By | March 8th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

What you might not know about concussions

Dr. Micky Collins says the story that's not being told about concussions is that they can be treated. Dr. Collins is a world-renowned expert on concussions. In this podcast, he tells us about the latest research.

By | March 6th, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

From patient to caregiver: Dave Whitten’s medical cannabis story

As lawmakers figure out how to handle Maine's medical cannabis program alongside the newer recreational use program, people like Dave Whitten remain in limbo.

By | March 5th, 2018|Blog|1 Comment

Curling. It’s all the rage and you can join the club, too

You don't have to be an Olympian to enjoy a game of curling. In fact, you'll find curling clubs in many places, even right here in Maine. Let's start playing!

By | March 2nd, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Healthy tips on controlling how much food you put on your plate

If you're clueless about portion sizes — like what does three ounces of food look like on your plate — I've got some tips for you. I've also got an easy recipe.

By | March 1st, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

How to practice gratitude and why you should

What are you grateful for? In this podcast, researcher Dr. Robert Emmons discusses what gratitude is, how easy it is to find it, and why it's important to try.

By | February 26th, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

Let’s show our feet a little love

Oh, your aching feet! After all that we ask of them, they deserve a little love. We've got tips from some foot experts.

By | February 23rd, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Some straightforward advice for those winter-chapped lips

Got chapped lips? Here's some expert advice from Dr. Martin Wesolowski, a family physician at Martin's Point Healthcare.

By | February 21st, 2018|Q & A|0 Comments

George Smith: Diagnosed with ALS

ALS is a devastating disease. George Smith remembers the moment his doctor gave him the diagnosis. And the moment he decided to reset his priorities in life.

By | February 20th, 2018|Podcast|3 Comments

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture

Learn how Classical Five-Element Acupuncture connects with nature to restore a person's balance and promote healing of the mind, body, and spirit.

By | February 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Let’s all work on our hip hinges!

Bending over at the waist is a hip hinge. Do it wrong and you could hurt your back. We've got some demos that show you how to practice doing it the right way.

By | February 16th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Fresh out of my oven — rosemary focaccia

Who doesn't love the smell of baking bread? Want to fill your home with the scent and your belly with the deliciousness? Here's a recipe for rosemary focaccia.

By | February 15th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

How to write a one sentence love letter

Nothing says l love you like something you made yourself. We've got some handmade inspiration for you. They're simple ideas but packed with love.

By | February 13th, 2018|Blog|2 Comments

A step closer to finding an effective treatment for diabetic nerve damage

Millions of diabetics develop painful peripheral neuropathy. Discoveries by a scientist at MDI Biological Lab in Bar Harbor may lead to new treatments.

By | February 12th, 2018|Blog|3 Comments

Soften a fall with these safe landing strategies

A common question for physical therapist Jason Adour is "Are there ways to fall without hurting myself?” With the help of his kids, he shares some tips.

By | February 10th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

To my valentines: A recipe for a heart-shaped flourless chocolate torte

Want to bake your sweetie something special this Valentine's Day? How about a delicious flourless chocolate torte? We've got a great recipe!

By | February 8th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

Jane Tholen reclaims her life after 30 years on antidepressants

In this Catching Health podcast, Jane Tholen talks about how antidepressants impacted her life, how she got off them, and what her life is like today.

By | February 6th, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

When do you need to worry about hypothermia?

Hypothermia: When the core body temperature is below 95°F. It happens if the body loses heat faster than it can be produced. Read these important tips.

By | February 5th, 2018|Blog|2 Comments

Barre fitness. What’s that all about?

I've been hearing a lot about barre fitness lately. It sounds like a workout for dancers, but you don't need to be a ballerina to do barre.

By | February 3rd, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Four recipes for cooking beets. Delicious recipes!

Until a few years ago, I thought I didn't like beets. I discovered that they are delicious, especially roasted or in a salad. You have to try these recipes!

By | February 1st, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

Insomnia? Don’t eat or drink these before bed

What's wrong with a little coffee in the afternoon? For me, it can mean being wide awake at 3 am. Here are some other things not to eat or drink before bed.

By | January 30th, 2018|Blog|2 Comments

Learning how to walk with ease and grace the Feldenkrais way

Feldenkrais uses gentle movements to help people increase their range of motion and improve flexibility and coordination. See how it works.

By | January 26th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

A roasted butternut squash recipe from Chef Annie Mahle

Imagine being the chef on a beautiful schooner that sails up and down the coast of Maine. That's what Annie Mahle does. And she's sharing some recipes with us.

By | January 25th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

Got a sore throat? Will gargling with salt water help?

The connection between a sore throat and gargling with salt water. An old wives tale or can it really help? We have the answer.

By | January 24th, 2018|Q & A|0 Comments

How to lead a more spiritual life

Dr. Ron Bissell has spent his life helping others. He did it as a surgeon for 25 years. Now he does it by sharing what he knows about leading a spiritual life.

By | January 23rd, 2018|Podcast|2 Comments

A little friendly advice for lifting your spirits

It's easy to get in a funk in the middle of winter. I got a little advice from my friends to help me climb out of mine.

By | January 22nd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Winter running safety tips

Running in the dead of winter isn't easy but it can be done. Before you head out, take a minute to read these important safety tips from a running expert.

By | January 19th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

How to make your own sauerkraut from scratch

If you want to add some fiber to your diet and boost your immune system eat sauerkraut. And if you want to add some fun to your life, try making your own.

By | January 18th, 2018|Recipes|0 Comments

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