The development of the NOURISHING and MOVING benchmarking tools to monitor and evaluate national governments' nutrition and physical activity policies to address obesity in the European region

Ioana Vlad, Kate Oldridge-Turner, Knut-Inge Klepp, Harry Rutter, Jonas Rekdal Mathisen, Arnfinn Helleve, Anne-Siri Fismen, Janetta Harbron, Gaironeesa Hendricks, Sonia Malczyk, Fiona Sing, Margarita Kokkorou, Diva Fanian, Jennifer O'Mara, Giota Mitrou, Martin Wiseman, Kate Allen

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Abstract

Despite assurances of government action, the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and overweight and obesity is continuing to grow at an alarming rate both globally and in Europe. The NOURISHING and MOVING policy frameworks outline a comprehensive set of policy actions across 6 domains and 16 policy areas in which national governments should take action to promote healthy diets and physical activity. Monitoring and benchmarking these policies is important for assessing progress on obesity and NCD prevention. This paper describes the participatory process for developing benchmarking tools structured around the policy areas of the NOURISHING and MOVING policy frameworks. They consist of a set of indicators and policy attributes that assess government support in promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity. They are adolescent relevant as they capture policy actions that target or impact adolescents. The benchmarking tools are designed to monitor progress on national government action on nutrition and physical activity based on aspirational standards. They will be applied in 27 European countries initially and are aimed at policymakers, researchers, and civil society, to track progress, develop the research infrastructure on effectiveness of NCD prevention policies at population level, and support advocacy efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13541
Number of pages12
JournalObesity Reviews
Volume24
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Special Issue: The CO-CREATE Project: Co-creating policy with youth
February 2023

Funding Information:
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme 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. Funding information

Keywords

  • benchmarking
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • policy

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