Italy: physical activity policy snapshot

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

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Italy implements policy actions in 4 out of the 6 policy areas of the MOVING framework. One policy area achieved a good assessment: increasing physical activity through public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N).

Within policy areas, gaps were identified in a lack of physical activity policies outside of school hours and financial incentives to promote physical activity (M), alongside physical activity in the workplace (O). Weaknesses were seen in physical activity in schools and community initiatives promoting physical activity (M), physical activity in the workplace (O), in addition to physical activity guidelines and public awareness and information campaigns (N). Much more needs to be done to improve physical activity training in healthcare settings (G) as a poor assessment was achieved.

No policy actions were identified in 2 out of the 6 policy areas, which included structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V) and transport infrastructures which promote active societies (I). Therefore, these policy areas should be prioritised. National government action and good policy design in areas V and I is key to improving overall environments that enable physical activity.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Italy’s results

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

Overview of physical activity policy status in Italy

Italy MOVING overview

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