Malta: physical activity policy snapshot

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

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Malta only implements policy actions in 2 out of the 6 policy areas of the MOVING framework, which shows that greater national government policy action is needed. One policy area received a good assessment: initiatives that promote physical activity in schools, community and recreation (M).

Weaknesses within policy areas are identified in community initiatives (M) and public awareness campaigns which promote physical activity (N). Gaps are seen throughout all policy areas, but particularly in a lack of physical activity guidelines (N) and physical activity outside of school hours (M).

No action was taken in a large majority of the MOVING framework, such as physical activity opportunities in the workplace and training (O), structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V), improve road safety actions (I), and physical activity training within healthcare and outpatient settings (G). Therefore, greater action and strong policy design are needed throughout all policy areas to improve the physical activity policy status in the country.

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

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

Overview of physical activity policy status in Malta

Malta MOVING overview

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