Christopher Wanjek

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Christopher Wanjek is a health and science journalist and author based in the United States.


Wanjek received his bachelor's degree in journalism from Temple University and his master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.[1] He is the author of Bad Medicine: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O[2] and of Food At Work: Workplace Solutions for Malnutrition, Obesity and Chronic Diseases.[3] Food at Work, written for the International Labour Organization, has since been presented in numerous countries, largely in South America.[4] The concept for the "Food at Work" as well as the final product has been lauded by unions and nutritionists,[5][6] with emeritus professor of nutrition A. Stewart Truswell of University of Sydney describing it as "a beautifully designed, written and printed book [that] would have to be consulted by anyone advising on food at work anywhere in the world."[7] The project has inspired government legislation to improve worker feeding programs in Mexico,[8] Lithuania,[9] Uruguay[10] and elsewhere in South America.

As an astronomy writer, Wanjek worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland until 2007 and freelanced for astronomy magazines such Sky & Telescope and Astronomy.[11] He currently is the "Armchair Astrophysics" columnist for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Mercury Magazine.

As a health writer, Wanjek wrote many stories for CBS Healthwatch and the Washington Post health section between 1999 and 2004.[12] Since 2006 he has written a weekly column for LiveScience called Bad Medicine. His LiveScience column has criticized by Pope Benedict XVI who claimed that condoms increase AIDS prevalence,[13] among other controversial topics.

While a student at Temple University, Wanjek was part of the Philadelphia comedy scene that produced comic Paul F. Tompkins and writer-director Adam McKay, his former housemate, among others. Wanjek has written for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno since 1998.[14]


  1. ^ Wanjek, Christopher. "Profile". Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. ^ Wanjek, Christopher (2003). Bad Medicine: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Distance Healing to Vitamin O (eBook). John Wiley & Sons.
  3. ^ Wanjek, Christopher (2005). Food at Work: Workplace Solutions for Malnutrition, Obesity and Chronic Diseases. International Labour Organization.
  4. ^ "Estudio marca la importancia de la buena alimentación para trabajadores" [Study marks the importance of good nutrition for workers] (in Spanish). La Red 21. 26 October 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 20 (1): 51. 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Occupational Medicine (56): 69–71. 2006. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 63 (2): 128. 2006. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Aumenta número de diabéticos en México" [Increased number of diabetics in Mexico]. El Universal (in Spanish). 18 April 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  9. ^ Šimienė, Dalia (24 April 2007). "Seime rengiama konferencija 'Naujas požiūris į darbuotojų mitybą darbe'" (in Lithuanian). ELTA. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  10. ^ Pozzi, Diputado Jorge (October 2008). "La alimentación de los trabajadores..." [Feeding the workers...]. Nuevo Espacio. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  11. ^ "Inside the January 2007 Issue". 1 January 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Search Results: "christopher wanjek"". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  13. ^ Wanjek, Christopher (31 March 2009). "Pope's Condom Condemnation Distorts Truth". LiveScience. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  14. ^ Wanjek, Christopher. "Jokes Submitted to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". Retrieved 29 September 2014.

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