Physical activity policy index

The MOVING index outlines the status of physical activity policy in 30 European countries, and can be used by stakeholders to promote ways that make it easy to be physically active.

Government action to create environments where people find it easy to be physically active is essential for the prevention of overweight and obesity and related non-communicable diseases, including cancer.

Our physical activity policy index gives an at-a-glance assessment of how well countries in Europe are doing with regards to creating environments that enable people to be physically active. It was produced by rating and comparing countries based on the quality of their policy design.

The index outlines the status of national government policy actions in 30 European countries. It is a monitoring and advocacy tool that can be used by a range of stakeholders to advance national physical activity policies, and is one of a set of tools to monitor, benchmark and compare national government policies, known as MOVING.

Download the MOVING policy brief (pdf, English)


Our MOVING policy brief is now available in French, German and Spanish, as well as English.

The MOVING policy index is structured around the MOVING policy framework and developed by applying the MOVING benchmarking tool. The benchmarking tool was applied to national government policy actions collected via a comprehensive scan conducted for 30 European countries.

The index is explained in our MOVING policy brief (pdf), which shows results for the 30 European countries. The brief can be used by policymakers, civil society and researchers to advance national physical activity policies.

Results are displayed for each area of the MOVING framework. Countries are placed in 5 categories from poor to excellent.

Table showing the policy index categories

Policy index matrix

MOVING index matrix

> Find out more about how the index was produced

Policy tools used to produce the policy index results

Graphic of the 4 MOVING policy tools: framework, database, index and benchmarking tool
Nutrition policies

We have also produced an index focusing on nutrition policy: read our NOURISHING policy brief.

MOVING policy index FAQs

MOVING policy index webinar

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 774210. This content reflects only the authors’ views and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.