This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national physical activity policy actions in Latvia. Compare Latvia with other European countries in our MOVING policy index.
Latvia implements policy actions in 4 out of the 6 policy areas of the MOVING framework. The highest assessment received was fair and applied to 3 policy areas: 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). Thus, better policy design is needed throughout the policy areas of MOVING.
Weaknesses within policy areas were identified in physical activity in schools (M), training for those outside of healthcare in physical activity (O), walking and cycling infrastructure (V), in addition to public information campaigns increasing behaviour change (N). There was a lack of physical activity outside of school hours and financial incentives (M), physical activity in the workplace (O) and physical activity guidelines (N). Therefore, they should be prioritised for action by the national government.
No action was taken in 2 policy areas: transport infrastructures which promote active societies (I) and physical activity training within healthcare (G). Therefore, these policy areas should be prioritised. Much more needs to be done to improve existing policies on structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V), where a poor assessment was achieved.
This country snapshot presents detailed results of the MOVING policy index for Latvia. Full index results are outlined in the MOVING policy brief (pdf), which compares Latvia 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 Latvia, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our MOVING database.
The policy landscape in any country evolves over time. These findings reflect our knowledge as of May 2023. To provide feedback or suggest updates, please get in touch.