Promotion of Physical Activity in the European Region: Content Analysis of 27 National Policy Documents

S.B. Daugbjerg, S. Kahlmeier, F. Racioppi, E. Martin-Diener, B. Martin, P. Oja, Fiona Bull

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Background: Over the past years there hasbeen increasing interest in physical activitypromotion and the development of appropriatepolicy. So far, there has been no comprehensiveoverview of the activities taking place in Europein this area of public health policy. Methods:Using different search methods, 49 nationalpolicy documents on physical activity promotionwere identified. An analysis grid coveringkey features was developed for the analysis ofthe 27 documents published in English. Results:Analysis showed that many general recommendationsfor policy developments are being followed,for example: general goals were formulated,an implementation plan was included, atimeframe and a responsible body for theimplementation was often specified. However,limited evidence for intersectoral collaborationwas found. Quantified goals for physical activitywere the exception. Population groups mostin need such as people with low levels of physicalactivity were rarely specifically targeted.Most policies emphasized the importance of anevaluation. However, only about half of themindicated a related intention or requirement.Conclusion: In recent years there has been anoticeable development of national policy documentson physical activity promotion. Followingprinciples for policy development moreclosely could increase the effectiveness of theirpreparation and implementation further.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805-817
JournalJournal of Physical Activity & Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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