Belgium: physical activity policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national physical activity policy actions in Belgium. Compare Belgium with other European countries in our MOVING policy index.

> Read the MOVING snapshot for Belgium in English, Flemish or French

Belgium implements policy actions in all 6 areas of the MOVING framework. The highest assessment received was good, for the areas of public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N) and initiatives that promote physical activity in schools, community and recreation (M).

Weaknesses were seen in financial incentives to promote physical activity, physical activity for all ages and abilities, and community initiatives to promote physical activity (M), alongside training for relevant professions outside of healthcare plus physical activity in the workplace (O) and physical activity guidelines (N). No national government policies were found on policies promoting public transport (I) and training on physical activity to those working in primary care and outpatient settings (G).

Much more national government policy action is needed on structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V) as this is the weakest policy area, achieving a poor assessment. Greater attention should be given to improve design in all policy areas, but specifically in transport infrastructure and opportunities that support active societies (I).

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Belgium’s results (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the MOVING policy index for Belgium. Full index results are outlined in the MOVING policy brief (pdf), which compares Belgium with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the MOVING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Belgium, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our MOVING database.

Overview of physical activity policy status in Belgium

Belgium MOVING overview

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