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Children’s Hospital Using Pokemon Go to Get Kids Out of Bed

Pokémon Go is continuing its popularity, but this time, at a Michigan children’s hospital! The new app is being used at Mott’s Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it’s getting kids- right out of their beds!


The app is being used as a tool to get children out of bed, to interact with fellow patients and hospital staff. The hospital is full of “PokeStops,” and it encourages the children to be active. These PokeStops allow kids to buy supplies and collect items they can use.


Some hospitals feel opposite of the children’s Michigan hospital. The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, has discouraged the use of the app. Another hospital in Springfield, Missouri, have also spoken out against use of the game, because of the disruptive nature that it can have with everyone trying to "catch them all."


Currently, Michigan resident, Jennifer Griggs, has her 11-year-old son in the hospital. She says, “We started just trying to get him out of the room to do something active, because it gets a little depressing while you’re in the hospital for a length of time!” The exciting app is providing a little extra joy in patients lives.


So who knows- where will Pokémon Go, go next?


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