Maroon Authors Book on Balanced Living

Pittsburgh, January 4, 2017 -- Joseph Maroon, MD, Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh and noted health and sports medicine expert, has released a book, Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life, that takes a look at the importance of understanding where you are in life and the need to keep all elements of your life in proper “balance.”

Square OneIn Square One, Dr. Maroon combines deeply personal ancedotes with illuminating scientific explanations to help readers consider their own priorities. “I reveal the terrible cost I paid trying to have it all and the lessons I used to rebalance my life and start living again as a whole person,” Dr. Maroon says.

“I suffered from an extreme case of career burnout. Burnout is not just working longer and harder, but it’s also the extreme toll it takes on your health, family and social interactions. Eighty-three percent of workers say they’re stressed about their jobs and 50 percent say work-related stress is interfering with their sleep. Fatigue, cynicism, substance abuse, poor judgment and discontent with co-workers are also common burnout symptoms.

“Using my own life changing events, I provide numerous insights and proven tools that can help prevent burnout and stress. I discuss four critical elements to balanced living: attention to diet and exercise, meaningful work, maintaining relationships and spirituality. Ideally, each should be equal in importance for a balanced life, similar to four sides to a square.”

With these keen insights, Dr. Maroon guides readers back to “square one” so they can lead more balanced and truly successful lives.

The book includes numerous endorsements from well-known public figures including CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta; Pittsburgh Steelers great Troy Polamalu; golfing legend Greg Norman; and former CEO of Pepsi-Cola and Apple, John Sculley.

Square One is the third health-related book for Dr. Maroon. In 2008, he authored The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life, a groundbreaking book that examined how the natural substances found in red wine can lead to a healthier and longer life. In 2006, he authored Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory that detailed the health effectiveness of fish oil supplements.

Square One, co-authored with Carrie Z. Kennedy, MEd, is published by Pythia Publishing. Ordering information can be found at