Holiday Media Tipsheet

Note to Editors: The following is a media tip sheet that includes information about experts and resources at Colorado State University. This information about experts is intended to provide resources to reporters and editors and is not intended as contact information for the public or as stand-alone content for publication. To arrange interviews with experts listed below, please contact Dell Rae Moellenberg, Colorado State University Relations, (970) 491-6009 or

Caring for Holiday Plants

Steve Newman, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension greenhouse plant specialist, can give advice on caring for and selecting poinsettias, Christmas cactus and bulb plants, such as forcing paper whites during the winter. Newman also can provide information about the toxicity of holiday plants, such as the myth that poinsettias are poisonous.

Keeping your tree green

Christmas trees are a time-honored tradition, but keeping them green and healthy during the holiday season can be a challenge. Jim Klett, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension horticulturalist, has advice for consumer about caring for cut trees.

Holidays aren’t always fun for pets

Holidays maybe fun for people, but they are full of pitfalls for pets. The temptation to gnaw on tinsel, extension and light cords, baking chocolate, mistletoe, ribbons and people food can cause your pet misery. Dr. Tim Hackett, head of emergency at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, can discuss ways to keep your pet safe and healthy during the holiday season.

Avoiding a belly that’s like a bowl full of jelly

Between the rounds at festive parties and the holiday dinners, holidays are noted as the time of year when people gain extra pounds and indulge in less healthy fare. But, most people don’t want a belly that is reminiscent of jolly old St. Nick’s. Jennifer Anderson, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist, can provide some guidelines to help people maneuver around holiday banquets, buffets, cocktail party trays and office treats to avoid holiday weight gain.

Special meals for holiday guests

Decadent and elaborate meals are a part of the holidays, but some guests may have special dietary needs that can complicate any holiday meal plan. Pat Kendall, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension specialist, can talk about preparing meals for people with food allergies, diabetes or other health concerns.