Germany: physical activity policy snapshot

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

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Germany implements policy actions at national level in all of the 6 policy areas of the MOVING framework. One policy area received a good assessment, specifically initiatives that promote physical activity in schools, community and recreation (M). Three other policy areas achieved moderate assessments: physical activity opportunities in the workplace and training (O), actions to improve road safety (I), and increasing physical activity through public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N).

Within these policy areas, weaknesses at national level were identified on policies supporting public transport and road safety actions, which affected otherwise well-designed policies to promote active transport (I). Other design weaknesses were seen on active design guidelines for buildings and on access to quality open spaces/green spaces, or integrated urban design and land use (V), as well as physical activity guidelines and communication campaigns (N).

Gaps were identified in the overall area of improving healthcare and outpatient settings on physical activity (G); therefore, this policy area should be prioritised. Greater implementation is needed in all areas of structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V), where a fair assessment was achieved at national level, and is a key area within the domain that focuses on improving overall environments that enable physical activity.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Germany’s results

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

Overview of physical activity policy status in Germany

Germany MOVING overview

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