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!

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

Living with grief: John Tewhey’s story

John and Gloria Tewhey had been together close to 60 years when she was diagnosed with leukemia. The end of this month marks the first anniversary of her death. It's been a difficult year for the whole family. John shares their story in Part Three of Living with Grief.

By | September 12th, 2018|Expert Advice|11 Comments

Living with grief: Jackie Conn’s story

Jackie Conn's husband Tim died February 18, 2018, after suffering a massive stroke. They were always there for each other. Now she often feels as if she's drifting. I don't even know who I am anymore, she told me. Jackie shares her story in part two of Living with Grief.

By | September 10th, 2018|Expert Advice|4 Comments

Fitness tips courtesy of a toddler

Couldn't make it to the gym but it doesn't matter. That's because I spent the day with my two-year-old granddaughter. No time for sitting still!

By | September 8th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Living with grief

Grief is a natural response to loss and yet how we react can feel anything but normal. We worry that we're doing it wrong, taking too long, crying too much, feeling too numb. As we'll find out in Part One of a special series on Living with Grief, there is no right or wrong way to grieve.

By | September 6th, 2018|Expert Advice|5 Comments

Easy ways to stretch your hip flexors and why you should

Your hip flexors help you walk, run, dance, do all kinds of important things. If you sit a lot, you're not doing them any favors. Here are some simple exercises to give them a good stretch.

By | August 31st, 2018|Fitness|1 Comment

Guess the mystery vegetable I found at the Farmers’ Market

I love going to the Farmers' Market and filling my bags with good food. Check out what's in season and guess the mystery vegetable.

By | August 30th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|4 Comments

Don’t ignore a slightly high calcium level. It could mean hyperparathyroidism

For years, Luanne Cameron knew her calcium ran slightly high. Only recently did she find out it was a sign that she had a problem with her parathyroid glands. She shares her story so that others won't go through what she had to.

By | August 27th, 2018|Health News|4 Comments

Loneliness among elderly people who live in rural areas

Loneliness is a huge issue for many people, including elderly people. Imagine living in a rural area where access to resources and human contact may be limited. A recent summit focused on the problem and possible solutions.

By | August 20th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

Benefits of walking in the city (of Portland, Maine)

A good part of my working day is spent sitting in front of a computer. I try to practice what I preach and move around as much as possible. My new workspace has provided me with lots of opportunities. Let's go for a short walk together.

By | August 17th, 2018|Fitness|10 Comments

Staying positive with ALS: An update on George Smith

More than a year has passed since well-known Maine sportsman and columnist George Smith found out he had ALS. As the disease progresses, it takes things away from him, but his sense of humor and optimistic nature remain steadfast.

By | August 13th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

What it means to recover after exercise and how to do it

Sore after you exercise? A little light activity may help you recover. Learn the difference between good and bad sore and what it means to recover.

By | August 10th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Lisa loves her yellow beans and Jan prefers green

A quick trip to the local Farmers' Market and I came away with some great green and yellow bean lessons and recipes.

By | August 9th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

If you pee when you sneeze or exert yourself, your hips may be partly to blame

Two physical therapists at the University of New England believe that weak pelvic floor and hip muscles both contribute to a common form of incontinence in women. They've designed a study and are looking for participants. Read more ...

By | August 3rd, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Charlotte’s thread and how it almost cut her kitty life short

Cats love to play with string and thread, but did you know they can be deadly? I know because my cat Charlotte nearly used up all nine lives at once, thanks to a piece of thread. Read what happened.

By | July 30th, 2018|Health News|2 Comments

Dancing, Zumba, and hoola hoops — all good!

What do dancing, Zumba, and hoola hoops have in common? They all get you moving, which is something we need to do as often as possible. Here is some inspiration

By | July 20th, 2018|Fitness|3 Comments

Enjoying Maine’s fabulous produce — safely

Concern about chemicals used in farming has many folks opting for organic produce, which can be helpful, but isn’t the end to the story

By | July 18th, 2018|Expert Advice, Nosh & Nutrition|0 Comments

Tips on how to take good care of your back

Did you know that when your back hurts, it's trying to tell you something? Learn to understand the language of your spine and maybe your days of dealing with back pain will come to an end.

By | July 16th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Where you can pick blueberries in Maine

If you want to go blueberry picking in Maine this summer, you're in luck! Check out the 2018 Catching Health list of where you can pick blueberries in Maine.

By | July 7th, 2018|Nosh & Nutrition|14 Comments

Warning: Too much time in the heat can make you sick (pets, too)

We love the sun, but too much can make you (and your pets) sick. Stay cool and learn about heat-related illnesses, their symptoms and what to do if someone has any of them.

By | July 4th, 2018|Health News|5 Comments