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!

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

Important advice on using your generator safely

No power? If you're planning to use a generator, space heater or something similar, make sure to read these important safety tips.

By | October 31st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Understanding the powerful gift of Pilates

I want you to breathe better and feel more alive. To be clear-headed and bright-eyed. That's what Pilates can give you. Jen Micoleau, Pilates instructor.

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

A recipe for vanilla almond panna cotta from chef Max Brody

Try the recipe and learn about Max Brody's new restaurant in Buxton, Maine. He's busy renovating an antique farmhouse that will be home to The Buxton Common.

By | October 26th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

What should you say if you’re worried that someone has an eating disorder?

Roughly 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder at some time in their lives. If you're worried about someone and don't know what to say, read this.

By | October 25th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Why Erick Schadler spent his summer researching ticks

Most people try to avoid ticks when they're outside. Erick Schadler went looking for them. The St. Joseph's College senior spent his summer doing tick research.

By | October 24th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Women. This is what you need to know to defend yourselves

Be confident, be aware, be strong, be prepared. Then go for the vision, wind, and limbs. Self-defense lessons from a police officer that could save your life.

By | October 20th, 2017|Fitness|2 Comments

Oven Bird and Crazy Potatoes — get the recipes!

We love comfort food here at Catching Health. We have two comforting recipes for you — roast chicken and mashed potatoes, both with a delicious twist.

By | October 19th, 2017|Recipes|2 Comments

How to find a career that you really, really love

If you hate your job, it can affect every aspect of your life. When it happened to Nicholas Lore he found a way to be happy by helping others as a career coach.

By | October 17th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

How the loathsome fruit fly is contributing to important wound healing research

To most of us, fruit flies are obnoxious. To Dr. Vicki Losick, a Maine researcher, they may pave the way towards new wound healing treatments for humans.

By | October 16th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Doctor’s orders: Try this recipe for spring rolls AND take a class in our teaching kitchen

What if your doctor handed you a prescription for a cooking class? To give people a real lesson in healthier eating, a Maine Hospital has a teaching kitchen.

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

Can you get pregnant on birth control?

What are the odds of getting pregnant when you use birth control? Which methods are the most effective? The least effective? Catching Health has the answers.

By | October 11th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Lipstick Angels added color and beauty to the Dempsey Challenge

There's nothing quite as soothing as a bit of pampering. That's what was happening at the Dempsey Challenge, compliments of Lipstick Angels & Jillian Dempsey.

By | October 10th, 2017|Blog|2 Comments

How to do the perfect push-up

The mighty push-up. A basic exercise that can do so much for lots of muscles. What is correct push-up form? What are common mistakes? Get the answers here.

By | October 6th, 2017|Fitness|0 Comments

Recipes for quinoa vegetable soup and zucchini applesauce cookies

Fresh out of the garden ingredients for soup and cookies. That's right, cookies! And these students say they're delicious and easy to make. They should know!

By | October 5th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Scared about having a root canal? What you need to know

Your tooth hurts and you need a root canal. No one gets excited about that news. We try to allay your worst fears with some facts from a specialist.

By | October 4th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Menopause: How to survive its powerful ups and downs

Menopause is a normal part of a woman's life, but it is a major shift. Hot flashes aren't the only disruptive symptoms — we talk about them all in our podcast.

By | October 3rd, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

Foam rolling: Learn how to do it like a pro

Looking for a way to treat your muscles to a good massage? I found one — foam rolling. We have some tips from a physical therapist on the best techniques.

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

What is phlebitis? How should it be treated?

Phlebitis happens when a vein close to the surface of the skin becomes swollen and inflamed. Untreated, it can lead to a blood clot or a deep vein thrombosis.

By | September 27th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

Sammy’s Broken Leg: A happy ending book for an unhappy child with a broken bone

Based on a true story, in Sammy's Broken Leg, Sammy breaks her femur and ends up in a spica cast. We see how she and her family make the best of the situation.

By | September 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Gorham moves naturally toward being the happiest, healthiest community in Maine

A small town in Maine takes on the huge goal of becoming the happiest, healthiest community in the state. It begins by encouraging residents to move naturally.

By | September 25th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How not to do a plank

Want to add planks to your exercise routine? Strength coach Andy Wight demonstrates the right way and the wrong way. He also shows us how to add some movement.

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

Add some bitters to your cocktails, your mocktails, and your food

Roots, flowers, herbs. Steep them in alcohol for a few weeks and you've got bitters. That's what Nolan Stewart does for a living. He shares his process and some recipes.

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

Should I worry about my child carrying a heavy backpack?

Could your child's backpack cause back problems down the road? How much it weighs and how it's worn can certainly have an impact. Some advice from an expert.

By | September 20th, 2017|Q & A|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 | September 19th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

Turning the tables on Childhood Obesity Month

It's Childhood Obesity month, but instead of focusing on obesity, an organization that is trying to tackle the issue recommends an approach known as 5-2-1-0.

By | September 18th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments