Veronica K. Jamnik

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The purpose of this investigation was to identify the critical tasks encountered by correctional officers (COs) on the job and to conduct a comprehensive assessment and characterization of the physical demands of these tasks. These are the first steps in developing a fitness screening test for COs in compliance with recent legislation. The most important,(More)
Canadian court decisions and human rights legislation impose strict legal criteria for developing applicant and incumbent physiological employment standards to qualify as a bona fide occupational requirement. These legal criteria compel researchers and employers to ensure that the standards are criterion-based and validly linked to the critical life(More)
To qualify as a Bona Fide Occupational Requirement (BFOR), a Job Specific Physical Fitness Protocol (JSPFP) must conform to the requirements delineated in the 1999 Supreme Court of Canada's Meiorin Decision and the 2004 amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada. It is also highly recommended that the development of BFORs follow the template created in the(More)
BACKGROUND It is unclear whether the common physical activity (PA) intensity descriptors used in PA guidelines worldwide align with the associated percent heart rate maximum method used for prescribing relative PA intensities consistently between sexes, ethnicities, age categories and across body mass index (BMI) classifications. OBJECTIVES The objectives(More)
BACKGROUND Tai Chi (TC) has proven to be effective at improving musculoskeletal fitness by increasing upper and lower body strength, low back flexibility and overall physical health. The objectives of this study were to examine changes in musculoskeletal health-related fitness and self-reported physical health after a 16 week TC program in a low income(More)
BACKGROUND The 2009 pandemic influenza was milder than expected. Based on the apparent lack of pre-existing cross-protective antibodies to the A (H1N1)pdm09 strain, it was hypothesized that pre-existing CD4+ T cellular immunity provided the crucial immunity that led to an attenuation of disease severity. We carried out a pilot scale study by conducting in(More)
BACKGROUND While it is recommended that records are kept between primary care providers (PCPs) and specialists during patient transitions from hospital to community care, this communication is not currently standardized. We aimed to assess the transmission of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) program intake transition records to PCPs and to explore PCPs' needs in(More)
BACKGROUND Amidst the growing health care burden created by diabetes, this study aimed to assess the utility of a prediabetes/type 2 diabetes risk questionnaire in high risk ethnic communities in Toronto Canada. METHODS Participants (n = 691) provided questionnaire responses and capillary blood tests collected via fingerstick and results were analysed for(More)
BACKGROUND Emerging evidence suggests that oxygen consumption (VO2) for self-paced physical activity (PA) is underestimated when applying laboratory-based treadmill (TM)-derived regression equations. This study examines the accelerometer (ACC) characteristics for paced TM PA and self-paced children's PA to ascertain if the predictable regulated patterns of(More)
Tai chi (TC) has been shown to positively influence health-related fitness (HRF) of elderly participants by affording them a means to increase musculoskeletal strength. The objective of this study was to examine TC intervention effects on HRF and whether ethnic groups not culturally related to TC experienced a barrier to participation in a community-based(More)