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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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
Issue numberS1
Early online date22 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2023

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Funding Information:
This project (Confronting Obesity: Co‐creating Policy with Youth, known as the CO‐CREATE project) has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 774210. This document reflects only the authors' views, and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

© 2022 The Authors. Obesity Reviews published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of World Obesity Federation.


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


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