I spent some time reminiscing with a few old friends the other day and the subject of the lack of activity in kids today became a hot bed for discussion. All of us are close in age and were brought up in a generation where strong physical activity was a part of our daily lives. This was true pretty much all year round for us. We all found we were having issues with our kids wanting to stay tied to the house and their x-box instead of getting out. I had a Mom that would throw my older brother and I out of the house just shortly after breakfast every day in the Summer. We could come back for lunch and after we were done it was back outside with us. We'd hook up with a bunch of others kids our age and then we'd spend the days doing all kinds of different things. Playing baseball, basketball, swimming, riding our bikes all over the neighborhood, etc... for recreation. For spending money we would use two old push mowers (the kind without a motor) and go door to door asking for money to cut grass. We never looked to our parents as a constant source of entertainment or stimulation. We found it ourselves. Today with my sons and their friends this just isn't going on the way it was when I was young. Sure, they aren't allowed to loiter around the house all day, but they don't have near the enough ambition to entertain themselves for very long. There are just as many kids in my neighborhood for them to interact with as there were when I was young. Still, it's not very often I see any kids today getting together on their own like we used to. I mean, don't kids climb trees and build forts anymore? This begs the question of why is this happening for one, and two, is our experience the norm for other communities. Is it that the kids of today are lazy, or is it a by product of the negativity in society today? We read all the time that we are the most overweight nation in the World. The lack of recreational activity in todays youth has to play a huge part in the problem. Can it be fixed? I'm not so sure that it can. What I see is that as more and more entertainment is provided by an electronic medium, the further and further we're getting away from healty activity for our kids. This should really concern those of you that are still quite young. I believe that if the trend of laziness and sloth continues to spin out of control the welfare and general health of our nation is going to be in trouble in the not too distant future. Hoosier.