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Getting Scotland on the move? Reflections on a 5-year review of Scotland's national physical activity strategy
  1. Emma Halliday1,
  2. Nanette Mutrie2,
  3. Fiona Bull3
  1. 1Division of Health Research, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, UK
  2. 2Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia (M431) 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Emma Halliday, Division of Health Research, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Lancaster, Lancaster LA1 4YG, UK; e.halliday{at}


The public health risks of physical inactivity have led many national governments to develop policies that aim to increase population levels of physical activity. There is however, little evidence available about the effectiveness of such strategies and physical activity leaders may also face challenges in securing sufficient levels of political will and lasting investment for physical activity. This article reports on a review of a national physical activity strategy in Scotland after 5 years of implementation and offers lessons that may assist policymakers, practitioners and communities seeking to mobilise political commitment and leadership for physical activity in their own countries.

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