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!

The gift of a sacred pause

The next time you find yourself caught up in the chaos of daily life, find a moment for a sacred pause. Good advice, but what does that mean? Find out on Catching Health.

By | December 13th, 2018|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Healing from trauma with EMDR

Our brains are naturally wired toward healing. Sometimes, when a trauma occurs, this natural process is disrupted and healing is blocked. Learned how a technique known as EMDR has helped some people.

By | December 12th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Discovering my father

This is a story retold on the anniversary of my father's death. It's about love, lessons, and grieving.

By | December 10th, 2018|Health News|3 Comments

What it means to move naturally

Some people get plenty of exercise just doing what they need to do. But the majority of people these days are apt to lead rather sedentary lives. Learning how to take advantage of moving naturally could make all the difference.

By | December 4th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Make it a fun and safe holiday season for your kids and grandkids

It's a wonderful time of the year, especially for kids. To make sure they have fun and stay safe, here are a few holiday safety tips.

By | November 30th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Too much sugar and type 2 diabetes

Are you consuming more sugar than you realize and increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes and other health issues?

By | November 26th, 2018|Health News|1 Comment

Help. My back hurts

Two days of nagging back pain can take its toll. It makes me want to lie around and do nothing! I know that just the opposite is probably what's going to make it feel better. Here are two movements that might help do the trick.

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

Top tips for turkey safety

The news is warning us of a continuing outbreak of Salmonella linked to turkey products. Does that mean you shouldn't serve any at Thanksgiving? Read these important safety tips.

By | November 21st, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

How to avoid stuffing food and feelings at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude for all that we have. To enjoy a feast of food and loved ones. BUT too much food, too much family, and too little activity can make us feel just the opposite. Here's some expert advice for surviving the day and the rest of the holidays.

By | November 16th, 2018|Expert Advice, Fitness, Nosh & Nutrition|2 Comments

Are you at risk for osteoporosis?

As we age, our bones become less dense. For some people, it's not a problem. For others, especially women, it can lead to osteoporosis or brittle bones. Here are some things you should know about your risk.

By | November 7th, 2018|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Decade by decade. How to keep your body strong and agile

Whether you're 20 or 90, it's important to be physically active. We've got all kinds of tips to get you started and keep you motivated.

By | November 2nd, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Halloween health and safety tips

Taking your kids trick or treating for Halloween? Here are some important tips to help them have a healthy, safe, and enjoyable time.

By | October 31st, 2018|Expert Advice|0 Comments

What you may not know about the flu

Did we learn any lessons from last year's flu season? Why did fewer people choose to get a flu shot? How would you know if you have the flu? We have some answers from one of Maine's top infectious disease specialists

By | October 30th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Overwhelmed? Add a timeout to your schedule

Can't say no? It's high time to start — before you risk getting sick. Catching Health has some expert advice on how to make room for yourself in your daily schedule.

By | October 29th, 2018|Expert Advice|1 Comment

Boost your memory. Take a walk

Find yourself forgetting more lately? Maybe what you need is a little exercise. Research shows that going for a brisk walk may help improve memory.

By | October 26th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

An Important Reminder About Cold Weather and Carbon Monoxide

Got carbon monoxide monitors in your house? Fresh batteries? Winter's on its way and that means the heat will be on. Make sure you're not putting yourself at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

By | October 22nd, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

Oh, my aching thumb

For a while, the cause of my aching thumb was a mystery. Fortunately, I figured it out and also, how to make it feel better.

By | October 19th, 2018|Health News|7 Comments

Let’s celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day!

Who needs a special occasion to indulge in a little chocolate? If YOU do, you're in luck because it's National Chocolate Cupcake Day and I've got some delish recipes for you.

By | October 18th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

Stress and Memory Loss

Research shows that too much stress may affect memory. What happens and what can you do to reduce stress? Find out in this Catching Health blog post.

By | October 14th, 2018|Health News|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 12th, 2018|Fitness|3 Comments

Found at the farmers market: Unusual cukes, peppers, tomatillos and something sweet

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to Jamaican Burr Gherkins and now I've got a few more interesting vegetables to share with you. All from the Farmers Market in Burlington, Vermont.

By | October 11th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

A conversation about suicide. Why there are no right or wrong words

If you're worried that someone is contemplating suicide, there are no right or wrong words. What's important is to say something. Learn more in this podcast with psychiatrist Dr. Marc Kaplan, Medical Director at Sweetser.

By | October 8th, 2018|Podcast|0 Comments

Squat to stand: A fitness tip from Andy

Looking for a fitness move that doesn't require a lot of hard work or time? Here's a quick one that just might do the trick.

By | October 5th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

What you may not know about sleep apnea

The stereotype of someone with sleep apnea is a middle-aged obese man. Those two factors certainly increase the risk, but sleep apnea can occur in anyone, at any age. The American Sleep Apnea Association recently conducted a survey that helps increase our understanding of the many challenges associated with sleep apnea, which is far more common than you may realize.

By | October 3rd, 2018|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Why 16 weeks of paid parental leave made sense to a Portland, Maine law firm

A Portland law firm recently expanded its parental leave benefits to be more inclusive and more flexible and to provide more time off (with pay) for new parents. It now has what it considers an extremely progressive policy.

By | October 2nd, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Learning about leukemia the hardest way

Sometimes, it only takes seconds for life to change dramatically. That is all it took for the Cochrane family. A day that began like any other ended in a nightmare and has not been the same since.

By | September 28th, 2018|Health News|0 Comments

Living with grief: What to say to someone who is grieving

Have you ever wanted to say something to someone who is grieving but don't? You can't find the right words so you say nothing. In the final segment of Living with Grief, we get some loving words of advice from several people who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

By | September 27th, 2018|Expert Advice|0 Comments

Take a walk, learn some Maine history

Did you know that Maine played a significant role in the production of gunpowder during the Civil War? I discovered this bit of history while walking on a beautiful trail in Gorham.

By | September 21st, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Living with grief: Disenfranchised grief

The definition of grief is deep sorrow, but not all people feel it when a significant person in their life dies. They may feel relief, sadness about what never was, shame, anger, guilt, or nothing at all. In part four of Living with Grief, we talk about such feelings and what is called disenfranchised grief.

By | September 20th, 2018|Expert Advice|3 Comments

How to be financially fit no matter what your age

Whether you're a college senior or going to senior college, you can relieve some worry and stress by becoming more financially fit. We have some fitness tips from two experts — one on wellness and the other on money.

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

Where you can pick apples in Maine

A list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples. It's a great way to spend a late summer/early fall afternoon.

By | September 13th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|6 Comments