Spain: physical activity policy snapshot

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

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Spain implements policy actions in all 6 areas of the MOVING framework. The highest assessment received was good, achieved in 1 policy area: public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N).

Within policy areas, weaknesses were identified in initiatives promoting physical activity in schools and for people of all ages and abilities (M), active design guidelines for open/green spaces (V), physical activity in the workplace (O), and policies promoting active transport and road safety actions (I). Gaps were found related to a lack of initiatives promoting physical activity outside of school hours (M), walking and cycling infrastructure, in addition to active design guidelines (V) and policies promoting public transport (I).

Much more needs to be done to improve the overall assessment of physical activity policies in Spain as only 1 policy area received a good assessment. All areas of structures and surroundings which promote physical activity (V) should be improved, alongside policies promoting active transport (I). National government action and good policy design in areas V and I are key to improving overall environments that enable physical activity.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Spain’s results

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

Overview of physical activity policy status in Spain

Spain MOVING overview

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