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 also produce and host Conversations About Aging, which is a Catching Health podcast. I love what I do and hope you will too.

The importance of being in control

It's challenging enough for people with chronic conditions to manage their health and navigate a complicated healthcare system. Because of COVID, many people are isolated and disconnected, which creates even more challenges. Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, a program called Ibis is helping people stay connected and manage their health from home.

By |2020-07-20T13:41:32-04:00July 20th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

Where you can pick blueberries in Maine

If you want to go blueberry picking this summer, you're in luck. Check out the 2020 Catching Health list of where you can pick blueberries in Maine. I updated as much as I could, but you should check ahead to make sure your favorite farm is open this year or to see what COVID-19 restrictions may be in place.

By |2020-07-10T17:13:02-04:00July 7th, 2020|Nosh & Nutrition|13 Comments

Enjoying challenges, staying grounded

For Tim Hayes, the COVID-19 pandemic became a reality on a Friday the 13th. The school he works in closed and within a matter of days, everything was happening online, including counseling students, which is what Tim does. From time to time, he's also had to do a bit of self-counseling. Either way, he always offers a blend of compassion and optimism.

By |2020-07-06T08:13:22-04:00July 6th, 2020|Pandemic|0 Comments

Embracing the positive

"We teach best what we most need to learn." A quote that has helped guide Patrica Raskin throughout her life. She wears many hats, but in her job as a radio show host, she learns a lot from the people she interviews. What interests her most is how to maintain a positive attitude.

By |2020-06-26T10:46:06-04:00June 25th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

Motivation to move!

Been a little lax when it comes to getting regular exercise? You're not alone. Some people have figured out a routine that works for them, but others are struggling. If that's you, here's some motivation and a few how-to videos.

By |2020-06-11T14:25:25-04:00June 11th, 2020|Fitness, Pandemic|0 Comments

Pejj Nunes and her Shibui Found Image Art

Follow the lines, the shapes, the colors in this image. When I do, I am mesmerized and calmed. The image was created by Maine artist Pejj Nunes, who wants to teach her method as a form of art therapy. It's called Shibui Found Image Art and because of COVID-19, she now has to develop a different way of teaching than she had planned.

By |2020-06-05T10:53:40-04:00June 5th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

Opening up about re-opening

This is a story about finding humor in a complicated, confusing, anxiety-provoking situation. Determined to go by the book when she re-opened her acupuncture practice, Meret Bainbridge was blindsided by something unexpected that happened. She invites us all to laugh with her.

By |2020-05-29T17:05:10-04:00May 29th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|0 Comments

What grief is teaching all of us

For some people, the grief that COVID-19 has wrought is painfully apparent. Serious illness, death, unemployment, isolation, severe anxiety, depression. But even people who seem to be doing ok are feeling grief. Dr. Katie Eastman, a psychotherapist, says right now everyone, including her, is grieving the loss of something or someone.

By |2020-05-21T21:53:45-04:00May 21st, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|2 Comments

Being a human is hard

Do you ever have feelings that you don't know how or what to name? For instance, you miss the way life used to be before COVID-19. You worry about what the future holds. But what are you feeling? Sadness? Anxiety? Fear? Yes, to all but you may also be experiencing grief, something Beth Dolloff understands all too well.

By |2020-05-18T10:31:39-04:00May 18th, 2020|Health News, Pandemic|1 Comment