Estonia: physical activity policy snapshot

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

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Estonia implements policy actions in 5 out of the 6 policy areas of the MOVING framework, with no policy area achieving higher than a moderate assessment. Three areas received this assessment: initiatives that promote physical activity in schools, community and recreation (M), physical activity opportunities in the workplace and training (O), and increasing physical activity through public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N).

Weaknesses in national government action were identified throughout the policy areas, but particularly in financial incentives to promote physical activity (M), physical activity in the workplace (O), walking and cycling infrastructure (V), in addition to public awareness campaigns and physical activity guidelines (N). Gaps were highlighted in physical activity outside of school hours and community initiatives (M).

No policy was identified in training within healthcare and outpatient settings on physical activity (G) therefore, this policy area should be prioritised. Greater action is needed to improve policy design in all areas of the active environments such as structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V) and transport infrastructure (I).

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Estonia’s results

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the MOVING policy index for Estonia. Full index results are outlined in the MOVING policy brief, which compares Estonia 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 Estonia, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our MOVING database.

Overview of physical activity policy status in Estonia

Estonia MOVING overview

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