Scotland: physical activity policy snapshot

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

Scotland implements policy actions in all 6 policy areas of the MOVING framework. One policy area received a moderate assessment, which was the highest for Scotland: increasing physical activity through public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N).

Within policy areas, weaknesses were identified in road safety actions (I) and physical activity guidelines (N). Attention should also be given to policy areas where fair assessments were achieved, including transport infrastructure to promote active societies (I).

Although action was taken in all areas of the MOVING framework, much more needs to be done to promote structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V). 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 Scotland’s results

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

Overview of physical activity policy status in Scotland

Scotland MOVING overview

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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.

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