Scan of physical activity policy actions in Europe: Lessons learned from populating the MOVING database

Kate Oldridge-Turner, Margarita Kokkorou, Ioana Vlad, Knut-Inge Klepp, Harry Rutter, Arnfinn Helleve, Diva Fanian, Fiona Sing, Jennifer O'Mara, Giota Mitrou, Martin Wiseman, Kate Allen

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Summary Adequate levels of physical activity are important for population health. Policy databases can track, monitor, and compare the development and implementation of physical activity policy actions and are populated by different methods. The new MOVING database, developed through the Confronting Obesity: Co-creating Policy with Youth (CO-CREATE) project, collates governmental policy actions designed to increase physical activity and is populated by an in-depth scan of implemented national policy actions. This paper presents lessons learned from conducting the policy scan across 27 European countries. Policy actions were identified using a structured search protocol from preselected sources, assessed against pre-specified inclusion criteria and verified by an in-country expert. 625 eligible national implemented policy actions were identified. Challenges included policy actions falling out of scope, a lack of available information on policy actions, difficulty in identifying policy actions using specific search terms, and increased resource requirements for translation of policy actions into English. The scan indicated improvements, which informed protocol modifications. Identifying the challenges and opportunities around conducting a policy scan is necessary to understand and assess the reliability, validity, and utility of a policy database. The policy scan will help to deliver a comprehensive picture of physical activity policy actions across Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13523
JournalObesity Reviews
Early online date22 Nov 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Nov 2022


  • noncommunicable disease
  • obesity
  • physical activity
  • policy scan
  • public policy

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