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Mineeya Miles. Photo: @2024 ITSJUSTRELL Photography

My Job: Mineeya Miles

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Mineeya Miles is a special assistant to the Health Services Division’s Wellness Program.

Tell us about your background. 

I grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In May 2023, I graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. My education fueled my passion for health and fitness, leading me to obtain my personal training certification shortly after graduation.

During my time at Delaware State, I was actively involved in health and wellness initiatives, gaining invaluable hands-on experience that complemented my classroom learning.

I then worked at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., as a medical office assistant, where I gained valuable experience in patient coordination, record management and support of medical staff. The position enhanced my administrative skills and provided me with a comprehensive understanding of health care operations.

What brought you to the library, and what do you do?

I joined the Health Services Division in August 2023 as the division’s Wellness Program specialist. I serve as the primary point of contact for the Wellness Center and lactation rooms in the Madison and Adams buildings.

My responsibilities include inspecting facilities and reporting and coordinating maintenance requirements and repairs to ensure the facilities are in optimal condition. I also plan and execute on-site and online programs focused on promoting wellness and health among the Library staff.

Through these initiatives, I aim to enhance the overall well-being of the Library’s community, supporting the health needs of employees and foster a healthier workplace environment.

What are some of your standout projects?

In the short time I have been at the Library, I’ve contributed to several projects. I developed a tracking method to monitor use of the Wellness Center and improve the experience of users. I also oversee the blood pressure screening systems in the Madison Building, at the Taylor Street annex and at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, providing monthly reports to the chief medical officer.

I recently planned and coordinated a heart health webinar, delivering cardiovascular health information through expert-led sessions. And as the lead coordinator for relocating equipment from the Wellness Center at the Taylor Street annex to the Adams Building to accommodate the move of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled to the Adams, I created a floor plan and am working on getting braille labeling for all of the wellness equipment.

I’ve also organized monthly lunchtime events in the Madison cafe to highlight health topics and health awareness months, and I helped to plan and coordinate this year’s Wellness Fair, in which over 200 participants engaged in wellness activities and health screenings.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy traveling with friends and family to explore new places and cultures. Working out is another passion. Whether it’s hitting the gym, going for a run or trying out a new fitness class, I find it rejuvenating.

I also have a great love for seafood, and I enjoy discovering new seafood restaurants and savoring a variety of dishes. From fresh sushi to perfectly grilled fish, seafood is always a delightful culinary adventure for me.

What is something your coworkers may not know about you?

Before I majored in kinesiology in college, I was a biology major with aspirations to become a dermatologist. While my career path ultimately took a different direction, my passion for skin health and wellness never waned. I have a keen interest in researching herbal and natural foods, fruits and vegetables that promote clear and youthful skin, as well as a healthy gut.

Over the years, I have combined this knowledge with my background in kinesiology to develop my own probiotic juice and skincare routine. I enjoy experimenting with different ingredients and formulations to create products that are both effective and natural. These creations have become a hit among my friends and family, who often come to me for advice on maintaining healthy lifestyle options.

This blend of interests allows me to integrate my love for science and wellness in a unique and personal way. Sharing these homemade remedies and tips brings me joy, and it’s a rewarding way to stay connected with my original passion for dermatology while pursuing my current career.

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Comments (5)

  1. Thank you for sharing your Library of Congress contributions. You are a young and refreshing inspiration to all of us. Reading this blog post increased my knowledge of kinesiology and applications in the workforce. All the best. Kind regards, Mr. Carnegie

  2. Fantastic coursework you have chosen to do. The healthy gut trials seem very interesting. Very curious to see what you find next.

  3. I like a read books. i like make phisical exercise and study.

  4. Hi. Thank you for sharing the delightful and inspiring story about your job. Your career path reflects the great potential we have in us and your innovative outreach strategies are so encouraging.

    As a grandma, I generally share LOC posts with family and community. I am hoping this post will help our youth reflect on good health and visit the LOC, online or in D.C. We often print LOC information in our newsletter and encourage families to participate in the many LOC activities for children. I am sure our young adults will be motivated and inspired by your post. Thanks so much and may Allah bless you to continue your wonderful work.

  5. Congrats on the profile and thanks for all you do to support staff!

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