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 let me know!

Over 60? More important than ever to get some exercise!

If you think being over 65 gives you license to slow down, think again. Staying active keeps you young, happy and healthy. If you don't believe me, read what these people say about regular exercise.

By | April 20th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Dare to try something different — Manhattan Sea Vegetable Chowder

You've heard of Manhattan Seafood Chowder before, right? How about Manhattan Sea Vegetable Chowder? Don't even know what a sea vegetable is? Check out this blog post to find out and get the recipe.

By | April 19th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

How and why people are trying to revive civility in America

Finding it difficult these days to even agree to disagree? According to a national poll on civility in America, 75% of respondents agree that incivility has risen to crisis levels. In this Catching Health podcast, we learn about some major efforts to revive civility in America.

By | April 16th, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

Before you start doing all those outside chores, heed this advice

Here in New England, most of the snow has melted and spring flowers are blossoming. But if your yard looks like mine, there's a lot of raking and pickup to do. Maybe you should read this first.

By | April 14th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

How the secrets held by salamanders may benefit human beings

Did you know that a salamander can regenerate nearly every part of its body — without any scars? Why can't humans? A Maine scientist is working hard to uncover the salamander's secrets. Find out what he's learned so far.

By | April 9th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Why you should walk before you run this time of year

Got spring fever? And the urge to dash outside and go for a run? Hold your hamstrings a minute and read what my strength coach has to say about that.

By | April 7th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

The MIND diet. 10 foods that COULD be good for your brain

Want to show your brain some love? (Not to mention the rest of your body.) Research is starting to show that what you eat may play a role in increasing or decreasing your risk of Alzheimer's Disease. The MIND diet offers some suggestions.

By | April 6th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|2 Comments

Things you should know about eating disorders

When it comes to eating disorders, size and weight aren't necessarily what's most important. The Eating Disorders Association of Maine is trying to dispel some of the myths surrounding eating disorders by providing education and other resources.

By | April 2nd, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

Strengthen your core with these two exercises

Strength coach Andy Wight demonstrates two exercises that will help strengthen your core. A strong core helps you do everything better and safer — from bending over to running a race.

By | March 30th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Don’t want a colonoscopy? There are other ways to screen for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. If you over 50, you KNOW you should be screened. If you've put off getting a colonoscopy, you need to read this.

By | March 28th, 2018|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Are you at risk of type 2 diabetes?

By 2050, as estimated one in three Americans will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Today is Diabetes Alert Day. The American Diabetes Association has a short test to see if you are at risk.

By | March 27th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

Five reasons why some aches and pains won’t go away

Got some chronic aches and pains? We've got some expert advice on what might be the underlying cause and how to turn things around.

By | March 23rd, 2018|Fitness|3 Comments

How to make a vegan peanut butter cup pie with a toddler

A fun tutorial on making a vegan peanut butter cup pie with the help of a toddler. Plus some insights into raising a vegan child.

By | March 22nd, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

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|Health News|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|Nosh & Nutrition|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|Health News|3 Comments

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|Nosh & Nutrition|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|Expert Advice|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|Health News|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|Nosh & Nutrition|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|Health News|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|Health News|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|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments