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Ara Jo - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Ara Jo

Clinical Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Ara Jo has expertise in healthcare system management and the development of preventive care models for chronic diseases and risk assessment.


Ara Jo's primary research interests focus on evidence-based prevention care models for chronic diseases such as screening, physical activity and risk assessment in primary care settings. Ara is particularly interested in healthy body composition measurement and utilization in health care settings. She also conducts research on healthcare utilization outcomes in Florida.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Body composition assessment

Healthcare System

Preventive care model for chronic diseases (i.e., diabetes and prediabetes)


Media Appearances (1)

Fitness trackers didn't lead to major weight loss, lower blood pressure: Study

Today  online


Activity trackers measuring people's every move may not be doing that much for their health bottom lines. The wearable devices appear to have “little benefit” when it comes to reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, or even helping people to lose significant weight, a new analysis published in the American Journal of Medicine has found.

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Articles (3)

Associations of computed tomography image-assessed adiposity and skeletal muscles with triple-negative breast cancer


Livingstone Aduse-Poku, et. al


Despite BMI’s wide use as a measure of body size and its clinical and epidemiological utility, it measures weight and height without differentiating between adipose tissue and skeletal muscle. To overcome these limitations, we analyzed the third lumbar computed tomography images of 350 breast cancer patients to measure the areas of adipose tissue and five-level skeletal muscle components and assessed their relationships with triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive subtype leading to higher mortality.

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Limited English proficiency and screening for cervical, breast and colorectal cancers among Asian American adults

Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities

Zhigang Xie, et. al


Literature shows that limited English proficiency (LEP) influences individual healthcare-seeking behaviors. The Asian population is the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the US, and approximately 50% of foreign-born Asians are estimated to live with LEP. To examine associations of LEP and patient-provider language concordance (PPLC) with evidence-based cancer screening utilization for cervical, breast and colorectal cancers among Asian American adults.

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Food insecurity Is associated with mental–physical comorbidities among U.S. adults: NHANES 2013 to 2016

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

LaToya J. O’Neal, et. al


The co-occurrence of mental and physical conditions has increased significantly during the last decade. However, research examining the influence of social factors such as food insecurity is limited. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between food insecurity and mental–physical comorbidity status among U.S. adults. Data for this analysis were drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for the years 2013–2016.

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