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!

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|7 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

Too much stress? Can’t sleep? Maybe you should see a hypnotist

Once a lawyer, now a hypnotist, Maggie Clement helps people at the Cancer Community Center manage their pain, their stress and anxiety, and their sleep.

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

A recipe for quinoa pizza bites with oven-roasted tomato sauce just in time for summer

Want something good to feed your kids this summer? Try this recipe for quinoa pizza bites. The Windham/Raymond Cooking Club shows us how easy they are to make.

By | June 15th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Why is summer a really important time to donate blood?

Have you thought about being a blood donor? There's no time like right now. Here's why WHO and the American Red Cross encourage us to donate during the summer.

By | June 14th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

A man’s guide to a happy, healthy and long life

Men — this podcast is all about you! We want you to have a long and healthy life, so we've got lots of useful tips for you. It's because we love you AND it's Men's Health Week.

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

What about mushrooms? Are they good for you?

Are mushrooms good for you? The quick answer is yes, but many people don't give them a chance. Read about some of the benefits and try a recipe for mushroom sliders.

By | June 8th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

Is it safe to wear nail polish?

Some brands of nail polish DO contain potentially toxic chemicals. Read how you can check the safety of your favorite polish.

By | June 7th, 2017|Q & A|0 Comments

You just started working out. When can you expect to see some results?

Three weeks have passed since you started working out. All you feel is sore and you want to quit. Here's why strength coach Andy Wight says you shouldn't give up!

By | June 6th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Why Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold donated $2 million dollars to her alma mater — St. Joseph’s College

Thirty years after graduating from St. Joseph's College In Standish, Maine, Jeanne Donlevy Arnold gave her alma mater $2 million. Here's why.

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

How Nicole Petit lives with diabetes. Part one: The diagnosis

Nicole Petit has had diabetes since she was nine. There are always challenges but she still manages to live a life full of love, determination, and adventure.

By | June 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

No questions asked. There’s more to honey than its remarkable flavors

The ways honeybees are good for us can't be contained in a nutshell. That's what Phil Gaven from The Honey Exchange says. He also shares the goodness of honey.

By | June 1st, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

What exactly is gluten? And can I lose weight if I give it up?

Lots of people seem to be giving up gluten. Should you? What exactly is it and is it true that you can lose weight if you give it up? Answers from a nutrition expert.

By | May 31st, 2017|Q & A|1 Comment

What you need to know about life-threatening eating disorders

Dr. Patrice Lockhart, medical director of the New England Eating Disorders Program at Sweetser, talks about risks, symptoms, and treatment of eating disorders.

By | May 30th, 2017|Podcast|0 Comments

After suffering an aneurysm in her brain, Amy Paquette finally got her life back again

One in 50 people in the U.S. has a brain aneurysm, including Amy Paquette. She shares her story of recovery to give hope and encouragement to others.

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

Tips on making the perfect healthy and delicious smoothie

Lisa Sharp, who owns Peachy's Smoothie Cafe, shares one of her recipes and some tips for making your own perfect smoothies.

By | May 25th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments