WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee has teamed up with Iowa native and NBA rookie Harrison Barnes to encourage kids throughout the Midwest to improve their health and fitness.


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Barnes, who started this past season for the Golden State Warriors, will make appearances in Hy-Vee stores and at events such as the Hy-Vee Triathlon and Hy-Vee IronKids youth triathlons.

Barnes made in-store appearances May 31 and June 1 to sign autographs and promote the upcoming Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Series of 20 youth triathlons being held this summer throughout Hy-Vee’s eight-state region. Barnes plans to return to Des Moines on Labor Day weekend to greet participants and fans at the Hy-Vee IronKids U.S. Championship and the Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 U.S. Championship at Gray’s Lake.

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Arrangements are in the works to film a video message from Barnes that will appear on Hy-Vee’s website, and Barnes will reach out on behalf of Hy-Vee to more than 120,000 followers on Twitter.

Barnes was born and raised in Ames, Iowa, and was the nation’s No. 1 basketball recruit coming out of high school. He attended the University of North Carolina for two years and was an All-American during his final season. He recently completed his rookie season as the starting small forward for the Golden State Warriors, based in Oakland, Calif.

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