May 30, 2014 1:18 pm

BLOG: Morning News Rewind – May 30

On the May 30 Morning News: Shrine Circus, weight loss surgery, the Children’s Festival and a new gym.

Morning News Saskatoon

On Friday’s Morning News, Melissa gets a peek of the Shrine Circus, Joel learns about bariatric surgery, a guest tells Jessica what the Children’s Festival has to offer and Joelle introduces a new gym.

Sneak peek at the Shrine Circus

I was able to get a sneek peak of the Shrine Circus this morning, which definitely brought me back to my childhood.

I remember my family taking me there in Toronto and I would always leave with a big smile on my face.

This weekend, people can expect more than what was featured this morning.

We were able to speak with the ringmaster but you can see him in action as he attempts his death-defying acts.

It was also interesting to learn the history of the show and the performers, some of whom come from a long line of performers and have been doing it for years.

The circus is taking place all weekend long at Prairieland Park.


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Bariatric surgery in Tijuana

This morning I got the chance to interview a former Saskatoon police detective, who just travelled to Tijuana, Mexico for a weight loss surgery.

Brian Trainor found out that he would have to wait for close to five years if he were to have the surgery in Saskatchewan, due to a long line of patients in front of him.

I contacted the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, who offers the only program for this sort of surgery in the province. They said that the number of surgeries has gone up from 18 during its inception in 2008, to 94 in 2013.

The region also said that anywhere from 600 to 700 patients could be waiting at any given time, with an average duration of two-and-a-half to three years to begin the province’s surgical program.

I think the whole story speaks to the length that people are now able to go to, to achieve the health result they want.

Places like Tijuana are offering quick and relatively cheap surgical procedures, though some would question how safe some of these out-of-country clinics are.

Brian said he had a great experience; however there are also countless stories about surgeries going wrong south of the border.

Having been to Tijuana twice, I’ve seen the countless billboards there for discounted dental work or prescription medication. It seems like the key here is to do your research before you make any health decision!

Upcoming Children’s Festival in Saskatoon

The PotashCorp Children’s Festival sounds like a blast this year!

Not that it isn’t every year, but the number of new events set up will most likely keep your kid entertained for a good part of the afternoon.

The theme this year encourages creativity through sound, music and instruments.

Be sure to check it out. Speaking from experience it’s fun for kids and adults!

What JB Performance Training can offer athletes

There’s a new ‘kid’ in town!

That kid is a brand new fitness facility located on Marquis Crescent that caters to all types of athletes. JB Performance Training is the brainchild of Brad Posehn and Josh Saulnier, two U of S grads who are passionate about achieving fitness goals the correct way.

The thing I like about the gym’s approach is their dynamic movement and sport-specific exercises that the guys will devise to suit each individual.

Their success is evident in their all-star clients; Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, Ottawa Senator defenceman Eric Gryba, St. Louis Blues winger Jaden Schwartz and Winnipeg Jets centreman James Wright are all clients, to name a few.

You could tell Josh took it easy on our Morning News crew when we dropped in for a workout. I’m sad to admit, I was sore for two days afterward!

We tried out a dynamic warmup, speed drills, medicine ball throws and raced weighted sleds. The boys inched Jessica and I out, but we put in a good old college try.

The grand opening for JP Performance Training is on June 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a BBQ, with proceeds going toward the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.

Want to try your hand against an NHL pro? There will be a ball hockey game on site at 12:30 p.m.

We wish Brad and Josh the best of luck with their new venture in the health and fitness world.

Joel takes a look at what to expect Monday on Morning News

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