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.


Edit sample: 4 Ways Walking Adds Years To Your Life

You've already heard that staying seated for long stretches can slow your circulation, raising your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health issues. But even a short stroll can counteract these harmful effects. In study published in the journal Experimental Physiology, researchers found that people who sat at a desk for 6 hours experienced reduced blood flow in their legs—and a 10-minute stroll was enough to reverse the effect. Link to Story

Edit sample: Weight Loss Surgery Can Put Diabetes Into Remission. So Should Everyone At Risk Get It?

At 297 pounds, Pam Adams had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and rheumatoid arthritis. She'd spent her life trying—and failing—to lose weight with all the usual methods: Weight Watchers, Atkins, Nutrisystem, you name it. None of them had worked for long. By the time she was 42, her body mass index was an astronomical 49, well into the "morbidly obese" category, and as a result she'd had eight ministrokes and a major stroke, making her go partially blind.
Prevention Link to Story

Copywriting: Dr. Peris Discusses Relief from Back Pain

You’ll be happy to hear that most people recover from back pain within a few days just by taking it easy, continuing gentle activity, and using over-the-counter pain medicine such as naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen to ease their pain. If the pain doesn’t resolve itself within a week or so, your doctor may suggest physical therapy where you can learn stretches and ways of moving that will ease the strain on your back.
Northern Westchester Hospital Link to Story

Copywriting: Care and Comfort for the Common Cold

Sneezing and coughing, symptoms of the common cold, are prevalent throughout the winter, and not surprisingly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, children average about six to eight colds each year. Understanding the symptoms, listening to your child and knowing when to see your doctor will help you provide the care and comfort your child needs.
Northern Westchester Hospital Link to Story

eCourse: 21-Day Walk a Little, Lose a Lot Challenge

The next 21 days are going to change your life: Sarah Kusch, a certified nationally-respected trainer, will be your personal coach and guide on a journey to effortless fitness and weight loss. You’ll learn walking techniques that burn calories quickly while building muscle, relieving stress, and boosting your mood.
Rodale/Prevention Link to Story

Book: Visualization for Weight Loss: The Gabriel Method Guide to Using Your Mind to Transform Your Body

In Visualization for Weight Loss, Jon Gabriel expands on the most talked about tool in his best-selling book, The Gabriel Method: visualization. This powerful technique helped Jon drop 220 pounds without dieting or deprivation because it didn’t depend on calorie counting or extreme exercise—rather it changed his biochemistry and neural pathways. In turn, this helped lower stress and its associated inflammatory chemicals in his body, allowing him to lose weight easily and naturally.
Hay House Link to Story

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

e-Magazine: A Painless Way to Cut Calories and Eat More Veggies

Could you improve your family's diet without anyone knowing it? A Penn State researcher may have found a way. We hear it all the time: Eat your vegetables. So much easier said than done. That pile of broccoli can be less than inspiring. Some soggy squash or cauliflower?
BodySmart 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

Copywriting: Summer Safety Tips

Keeping children healthy and safe through the summer months takes preventive measures. Children should wear protective gear for whatever activity they may be engaged in—helmets for biking and skateboarding, life jackets for swimming, and so on. However, there is safety gear for activities you may not consider dangerous.
Northern Westchester Hospital 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

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


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