All posts by Diane Atwood

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. Now, she's a baby boomer not interested in retiring. She writes the Catching Health blog and is a regular guest on the WCSH6/WLBZ2 Morning Report. She's also a college art student at USM. You can read about that adventure on Diane's other blog mylatestart.bangordailynews.com. She says it's good (and healthy) to be busy!

Funny stories about forgetting. It’s uplifting (and healthy) to laugh!

Woman

A while ago, I wrote about a memory test you can take if you worried about forgetting things. The topic generated quite a few comments on social media. Because laughing is good for us (and our brains) I decided to revisit some of the funny stories that people shared. Some people took the memory test and were relieved. Mary: “OK, […]

Mixing dietary supplements and medications? Beware. It’s a recipe for danger

Handful of pills

Guest post by Nicole N. Ferm DTR/L, Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Did you know that an estimated 72 million people in the United States take some form of dietary supplement along with their prescription medications? You might not think it’s a big deal, but surprisingly, even the most common supplements, […]

If you were in the hospital, think your kids would feel helpless? See how Super Jonny copes

Book cover

In 1998, Simone Colwill was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease — a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines. At the time, she had a two-year-old and a three and a half-year-old and was expecting her third child. Over the years, she was in and out of the hospital, which was always hard on the children. She tried to find a book that […]

Try a new healthy food. This week it’s mangoes

Mangoes

John Turrell, the Wellness Coordinator at the Greater Portland Branch of the YMCA of Southern Maine wants us to feel healthier and be a little adventurous, so he’s encouraging us to try (or retry) nine new healthy foods. We’re on number five — mangoes. Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine. […]

Sick and tired of, well … everything? Slow down and explore the surprising benefits of t’ai chi

Nancy Fearing

T’ai chi makes me tingle,” answered 90-year-old Marit Wilson, when I asked her what she likes about it. “It makes my arms and legs tingle.” Ta’i chi is a centuries-old mind and body practice. It involves making slow methodical movements called postures. Movements that are both graceful and purposeful. The postures move seamlessly from one […]

Want to get fit without working out? Dance to the tune of these audacious women!

Tap dancers

Every week these women strap on their tap shoes and dance, dance, dance! They’re all over 60. Some took lessons when they were kids and some simply danced in their kitchens when no one was looking. None lets a little thing like age stop them from dancing now. Their teacher Betsy Dunphy started dancing when […]

Try a new healthy food: This week it’s avocados

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John Turrell, the Wellness Coordinator at the Greater Portland Branch of the YMCA of Southern Maine wants us to feel healthier and be a little adventurous, so he’s encouraging us to try (or retry) nine new healthy foods. We’re on number four — avocado. Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine. […]

What is your family’s risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer? You have to look at the male side, too

DNA model

When I was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer in 2014, I met with a medical oncologist to discuss my family history. A few women on both sides of my family had died of breast cancer. My great grandmother, a great aunt, an aunt and a first cousin. My father died of lung cancer and […]

How Becky Sawtelle declared victory over her demon and lost 130 pounds

Becky with nephew

In 2012, at the tender age of 41, Becky Sawtelle reached a life-changing decision. She tipped the scales at 272 pounds — she’s only 5′ 3″ tall. Her body mass index (BMI) was 49. Anything over 30 is considered obese. She had tried to lose the weight many times — was on lots of diets. […]