Jafra D Thomas

Jafra D Thomas
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo | Cal Poly · Department of Kinesiology and Public Health

PhD. MPH. MA. BA.

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Introduction
Born and raised in Stockton, California (USA), Jafra (Jah Fray) D. Thomas serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health, College of Science and Mathematics, at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He teaches in the areas of psychology and sociology of kinesiology. The aim of his research agenda is to promote healthy and active lifestyles for all. Towards this aim, his research includes a focus on knowledge translation and building capacity for physical activity promotion.

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Publications (42)
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Purpose: The study purpose was to determine the rate that free online educational resources presented at least one message consistent with national physical activity guidelines (PAGs). We also tested if message consistency varied by production source. Methods: The Google search engine and lay adult search strategies were used to locate freely avail...
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Limited research exists on how often health behavior theory concepts, principles, and techniques are embedded in the design of material to promote physical activity and exercise, such as persuasive communications disseminated via the Internet. This cross‐sectional study examined 139 web articles on physical activity and exercise. We assessed how of...
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The purpose of this experiential senior project workshop was to advance the knowledge and practice of health communication by (a) delivering a training workshop to Cal Poly undergraduate students and (b) by exploring the relationship between health literacy and effective communication through completion of a rapid review of the literature. The revi...
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Universities, sport governing bodies, and industry associations have employed coach development programs to remedy gaps that coaches experience in their job preparation. The purpose of this article is to report on a single-participant case study that investigated the applicability of one popular theory used in coach development programs: the multid...
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The policy template presented here provides ideas on how to promote organizational health literacy within organizations.
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Mysticism in sport is a unique experience in which someone is engulfed by a feeling of existence both in real time and stopped time as well as entering a realm of unparalleled reality surrounded by mind and spirit (Higgs & Braswell, 2004). Despite the inexplicability of mystic experiences, poetry provides one means of deciphering them. The purpose...
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The purpose of this experiential senior project workshop was to advance the knowledge and practice of health communication by (a) delivering a training workshop to Cal Poly undergraduate students and (b) by exploring the relationship between health literacy and effective communication through completion of a rapid review of the literature. The revi...
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The uploaded work is a video abstract of a research presentation presented at the 2021 Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness Conference. The presentation provided preliminary findings to an ongoing study. The supplemental file is the full transcript of the video abstract. To read the abstract, see the citation below. Watson, N. M., Thomas, J...
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The submitted presentation material summarizes a project presented at the 2021 Cal Poly Virtual BEACoN Symposium. The title of the project which the presentation is based is, “Towards Equitable Communication: Explorations to Guide Knowledge Translation in Kinesiology.” The uploaded file document presents the presentation abstract, student testimony...
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The submitted presentation material summarizes a project presented at the 2021 American College of Sports Medicine Virtual Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. The project which the presentation is based on is titled, “Towards Knowledge Translation in Kinesiology: Investigating Barriers and Identifying Opportunities - Part 1....
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The credibility and usability of lay physical activity promotion material are a persistent problem (Thomas & Cardinal, 2020, TJACM). These quality issues deter the material in promoting health literacy, a major predictor of prevention-oriented health behaviors (e.g., regular exercise, U.S. National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy). Few studi...
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The uploaded work is a video summary of original research. The video is less than seven minutes long. The original research summarized in the video examined the credibility of physical activity advice presented in online educational materials for lay adults. The video highlights main points of the research, leads the viewer through steps to judge t...
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Thirty-nine years ago, Bain and Poindexter (1981) implored higher educators of kinesiology to develop curricula that prepare students to use what they learn in practical ways. Lay resource material, however, often fails to meet metrics for adequate-to-optimal readability, regardless of who produces them. Research suggests that many people trained i...
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This presentation slide set is to a workshop delivered at the 2020 Online Conference of the Western Society for Kinesiology & Wellness, a peer-reviewed forum, and which took place October 8-9, 2020. Information and activities of the workshop supported the aims of a scholarship of teaching and learning, which is committed to equitable instruction an...
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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges and universities to suddenly transition to a mostly-to-fully online teaching format. Given the nature of the transition and general reservations about online instruction, many were concerned educational quality and achievement would be compromised by large margins. We sought to determine what course de...
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The uploaded work is a less than seven-minute video abstract that summarizes original research. The original research evaluated the quality of online resources meant to promote physical activity among lay adult audiences. The video abstract presents issues helpful for material producers to think about, then links to resources they may use to improv...
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To sensitize individuals, organizations, and communities to the sociostructural barriers individuals with disabilities face, Mace et al. (1997) advanced seven principles of universal design (as cited by the Center for Excellence in Universal Design, n.d.). Each principle provides guidance on how spaces, products, and services can be developed or ad...
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Resources at or below the 8th grade reading level is key if behavioral resources are to support end-user health literacy, a strong predictor of prevention-oriented health behaviors and health risk. To understand how readability issues effect physical activity resources, we performed a systematic review of the kinesiology literature. A sample of 18...
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Education is central to promoting healthy, active lifestyles, but most educational materials may be less than suitable for public dissemination. Related kinesiology studies have mainly focused on the reading grade level of print materials. Suitability encompasses more qualities than that and also concerns digital media. This study had two purposes:...
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Citation to freely available conference proceedings: Thomas, J. D. & Ness, J. M. R. (2019). An academic career in kinesiology? Our realization it is a thing and personal journey towards one. Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Science, 78, 25.
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Citation to access freely available copy of the conference proceedings: Ness, J. M. R., & Thomas, J. D. (2019). What are effective ways to reduce obesity in children with physical disabilities? A literature review and critical commentary. Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Science, 78, 24. http://oregonacademyscience.org/OASRevised2019Proceeding...
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Readability studies routinely report that resources with physical activity-related content exceed the eighth-grade reading level (RL), the maximum recommended for health education resources. The objectives of this meta-analysis were to determine the extent that findings in the literature represented true differences and whether production sources d...
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The majority of physical activity resources are too difficult to be easily read and understood by most U.S. adults. Attempts to ensure that such resources are written in the most accessible manner possible have been advanced (e.g., 2010 U.S. National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy). For this study, physical activity educational resources we...
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Citation to freely available copy of conference proceedings: Thomas, J. D., Flay, B. R., & Cardinal, B. J. (2018). Readability of publicly available physical activity information: An opportunity for kinesiology to improve knowledge translation. Proceedings of the Oregon Academy of Science, 77(2nd Rev.), 31. http://www.oregonacademyscience.org/OAS20...
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Note: Date should read March 2017. I have not yet figured out a way to correct this. Abstract citation: Cardinal, B. J., Austin, S. C., Cluster, M. A., Rasquinha, A. M., Rodenberg, S. A., & Thomas, J. D. (2017). Exercise and sport attire marketing: Message framing, orientation, and worldview. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 88(Suppl. 1)...
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Local health departments (LHDs) are undergoing a substantial amount of change in how they deliver services due to requirements of the Affordable Care Act, national efforts to modernize public health, accreditation, and in recognition of the key role of social, economic, and environmental factors in determining population health. Before changes are...
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Seeking constant and never-ending improvement is a life philosophy that can help inform and form people's attitudes and guide their thoughts and actions. This article describes self-care strategies for educators that can help nurture the best in oneself and others.
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The purpose of this study was to perform a construct validity assessment of Kendzierski’s exercise self-schema theory questionnaire using objective measures of health-related physical fitness. This study tested the hypothesis that individuals with an exercise self-schema would possess significantly greater physical fitness than those who did not ac...

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