Center for Healthful Living

Live and Stay Healthy.

The Center for Healthful Living (CHL) promotes health and well-being through educational programs that encourage frequent physical activity and informed lifestyle choices.

With a staff of teachers, coaches, health educators, and fitness instructors, the CHL oversees a broad range of activities that affect Oxford's entire community of students, faculty, and staff.

Physical Education

Oxford students are required to earn two semester hours in physical education from the Center for Healthful Living. Credit-bearing courses include swimming, cycling, basketball, yoga, volleyball, fitness walking, circuit training, scuba, badminton, outdoor cycling, tai chi, ballet, modern dance, golf and tennis.

You must complete one physical education course during your first year and one physical education course during your second year, unless you are granted an exemption by the dean of academic affairs in consultation with the CHL's academic coordinator. 

Athletics and Recreation

Oxford offers student athletes the opportunity for intervarsity play in men's basketball, and in cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis for both men and women. The Oxford College athletic website offers more complete information on these sports.

For students who want to play sports outside intervarsity athletics, there's a broad range of intramural sports to choose from including volleyball, basketball, and soccer. And Oxford's pool, weight room, and cardio facilities provide spaces where you can exercise and keep fit.

Lifelong Skills

The courses, programs, and services offered through the CHL emphasize healthful skills that can be learned during the college years and applied throughout a lifetime. Our educational programs enhance health awareness and optimal health habits.

Peer Education

Healthy Eagles is a group of students selected and trained to serve as peer health educators.  They promote health and wellness among their fellow students by increasing awareness of student health issues and encouraging their peers to become the healthiest they can be through positive lifestyle choices and decision-making skills. Healthy Eagles sponsor activities such as Tea Tuesdays and stress-busting activities during finals.

Students who become part this group gain leadership experience, increase their knowledge of health and wellness topics, further their communication and public-speaking skills, and meet others who are also passionate about health and wellness.