A hospital is using the new Pokemon GO craze to get child patients out of bed and into the hallways for some fun time and physical activity.
“It’s kind of a sneaky way to get kids to exercise,” said J.J. Bouchard, who is employed in the pediatric wing of the Michigan hospital. “It’s getting people to look up from their phones and interact with one another.”
There’s even a Pokemon “gym”, a spot in the building where Pokemons on different levels and phones can battle each other.
Young patients in the hallways—along with their siblings and parents, because this craze is so popular that whole families are regularly playing now—will stop and chat about the game, instead of keeping silent or solemnly to themselves.
“It raises the general atmosphere of happiness here in the hospital.”
(WATCH the video below from Mott Children’s Hospital)
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