John Hastings


New York

John Hastings

As an editor and writer, I've collaborated with the biggest brands in the business to deliver on-target, trustworthy content that surprises and engages readers. I've led talented editorial teams as a staff editor, and I've freelanced for websites, magazines, and book publishers.


Feature: The False Security of Sunscreen

It's an ongoing battle to prevent skin cancer, and flawed sunscreens put you at even greater risk. Most of us are familiar with the research linking too much sun to skin cancer, and have made a begrudging habit of smearing on sunscreen in the belief that doing so guarantees protection. But it turns out we¹ve really just been lulled into a false sense of security.
Men's Journal Link to Story

Edit sample: The Light-Cancer Connection

From 1992 to 1999, Eva Schernhammer, MD, worked rotating night shifts in a cancer ward in Vienna, Austria. "I didn't think much of it," she says, "until two of my colleagues developed cancer.
Prevention Magazine Link to Story

Book: The Healthy Heart Miracle Diet

In a time when both obesity and diabetes rise to new levels, Healthy Heart Miracle Diet cuts through the barrage of conflicting dietary rules issued from on-high and nails down how you can lose weight, boost your energy, and strengthen your heart. Thirteen easy-to-read chapters help you easily adjust your diet by delivering the final word on fat, complex and simple carbs, protein, the best supplements for heart health, light exercise, and more. Throughout, more than 500 hints and tips clear up confusing nutritional claims, explode myths, and explain how eating right can be as easy as pie. Tying everything up with a big heart-healthy, weight-conscious ribbon are 100-plus tempting recipes proving that eating right doesn't mean starving yourself or giving up the foods you love like Lasagna with Spinach, Turkey Sausage, and Three Cheeses and treats like Chocolate-Walnut Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies.
Reader's Digest Link to Story

Feature: The Saline Solution

When I was a child, the dinner table was the site of many battles, though none so frequent as the skirmish over salt. "John, you're going to kill yourself," my father would say as I shook as much salt as I could over my food before the command came to stop.
Bon Appetit Link to Story

Edit sample: "How I Lost 165 Pounds and Found Love"

Life changes are never easy. For Tabitha Antoniak, 34, it took two harsh blows — a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2006 and, two years later, an end to her marriage — to make her gather her strength and confront the things that were really troubling her. Her weight then, 295 pounds, topped that list.
Good Housekeeping Link to Story

Feature: Live (Almost) Forever

Two islands in the Mediterranean. One island in the East China Sea. A remote peninsula in Costa Rica. A town in... San Bernardino County, California? From the exotic to the ordinary, these far-reaching locales are all rich in one valuable natural resource: longevity.
Men's Health Link to Story

Feature: The Truth About Thyroid and Weight Gain

Sometimes you can blame your weight on your glands. The thyroid has a big job: The hormones it secretes help regulate heart rate, maintain healthy skin, and play a crucial part in metabolism.
O, The Oprah Magazine Link to Story

Web: Does Exercising When You're Sick Help or Make It Worse?

Working out can boost your body’s ability to fight off infections, believe it or not. But whether it’s a good idea to exercise while you’re under the weather really depends on what type of illness you have, according to research by David Nieman, DrPH, an exercise scientist at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Link to Story

Edit sample: Dangerous Doctors

Mary Tywater was not a sick woman. Her back hurt—that was the Texas housewife's only complaint when she consulted Houston orthopedic surgeon Eric Scheffey. He advised surgery to remove a disc and shore up her spine. The day of surgery was overcast and muggy, not unusual for a Houston spring. Tywater went under anesthesia at 3:30. At 4:10, Eric Scheffey began cutting into Tywater's lower back. She started to bleed—a lot, the anestheisologist would later testify.
Reader's Digest Link to Story

e-Magazine: BodySmart (covers)

Cover samples from a weekly health magazine for the iPad. As editor-in-chief, I developed, launched, and oversaw all production for BodySmart
BodySmart Link to Story

Book: Change One Diet

[A review from] The Change One Diet is a weight loss program from prolific publisher Reader's Digest. The content is authored by some of their leading health and nutrition writers. The plan originally appeared in the book Change One: Lose Weight Simply, Safely, and Forever: The Breakthrough 12-Week Eating Plan from Reader's Digest, and received very favorable reviews (typically 5/5).
Reader's Digest Link to Story

Web: What Is a Good Beginner Women's Snowboard?

So you’re ready to start carving the slopes — congratulations! Snowboarding is a demanding workout and a rewarding pastime. Your learning curve won’t be as severe if you’re riding a board that fits you, Link to Story


John Hastings

I've written and edited compelling health, fitness, and science stories for magazines, websites, and iPad publications. I’ve held senior editorial positions at O, The Oprah Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, and Health.

I've freelanced for magazines such as Men's Journal, Bon Appetit, and Men's Health. I'm also the author of the diet book ChangeOne and the recently published Healthy Heart Miracle Diet.



  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Website development
  • Magazine development
  • Book development
  • Reporting
  • Brand development
  • Research