Physical activity: policy context
Helping more people be more active, more often is an over-arching policy objective of the Scottish Government. The key current policies and programmes that have been implemented to promote and improve physical activity levels in Scotland include:
- The 2003 Physical Activity Taskforce publication Let's make Scotland more active: A strategy for physical activity, and its five year review, conducted in 2008.
- The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland published in 2010 stated a vision that “by 2020,10% of all journeys taken in Scotland will be by bike”. A refresh to the action plan was published in 2013.
- The Scottish Government's Route Map for tackling obesity and associated Obesity route map action plan, published in 2011.
- The addition of a National Indicator to 'increase physical activity' to the National performance framework in 2012. This has been complemented by the publication of an Active Scotland outcomes framework in 2014.
- The most recent national programme designed to influence population levels of activity in adults and children is the national Physical activity implementation plan: a more Active Scotland, which links directly to the Scottish Government's legacy ambitions for the Commonwealth Games. The Plan represents Scotland's long term physical activity implementation policy.
- Let's get Scotland walking: the national walking strategy outlines the Scottish Government’s vision of a Scotland where everyone benefits from walking.
Links to other policy documents of relevance to physical activity in Scotland are available from the Scottish Policies and Strategies page of the ScotPHO website and on the Physical Activity Policy section on the NHS Health Scotland website.